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Dashcam shows man stealing police cruiser, leading Beachwood officers on a chase

Posted at 11:54 AM, Mar 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-02 11:54:07-05

BEACHWOOD, Ohio — Newly released dashcam video shows Beachwood police officers chasing after a man who stole a cruiser Friday afternoon.

Officers responded to the 3900 block of Richmond Road around 2:26 p.m. after receiving a report of a pick-up truck that had been stolen.

Police quickly spotted the stolen truck entering a parking lot near the intersection of Chagrin Boulevard and Green Road. When officers approached the truck, the man driving ditched the vehicle and fled on foot, according to authorities.

During the foot pursuit, the man came across an unoccupied Beachwood police cruiser that was running.

The man stole the cruiser and fled the scene, damaging property in the area, according to police.

Officers fired shots at the cruiser in an attempt at disabling the vehicle, but the man was still able to flee the scene in the cruiser at a low speed, police said.

During the incident, two Beachwood police officers suffered minor injuries. The identity of the man has not been released, but charges against him are pending, police said.

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