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Police: Man, 38, arrested after crashing car on East 55th Street, shooting at witnesses

Posted at 2:05 PM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-14 14:05:03-04

A Cleveland man was arrested on Saturday after he totaled his 1995 Chevy Lumina and then allegedly started shooting at random people.

The crash happened in the area of East 55th Street and Bower Avenue Saturday. 

When police arrived, they saw the suspect,  38-year-old Anthony Knight of Cleveland, standing next to his wrecked car on the east side of the road.

Drivers told police that Knight was shooting at random people.

Two officers approached Knight on foot about two streets south of East 55th Street. At that time, they saw him walking towards the I-490 entrance.

While officers were waiting for EMS to arrive, they looked for shell casing around the area where Knight reportedly fired shots at moving vehicles.

A 69-year-old man from Chagrin Falls who was shot at told police that he saw Knight's van traveling at a high speed, according to the police report. Construction workers, who were nearby the crash, started to approach his car until Knight hit a divot in the road, causing him to lose control and hit two utility poles and a brick building.

The witness said he saw Knight crawling out of the passenger rear door and onto the ground. The witness told Knight to stay on the ground in case he was injured but instead, he pulled a handgun out from his side and shot at the witness three times. 

Knight yelled, "You're the son of a b**** who did this to me and they caused it," according to the police report.

The witness didn't report any injuries but was checked out by EMS.

Knight was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. He refused to take an OVI test but later told officers he was smoking a 'wet cigarette', which is a cigarette dipped in PCP. He also reportedly admitted that he was driving about 80 mph.

Knight was charged with felonious assault and is being held on $100,000 bond. He will appear in Cleveland Municipal Court on August 22 at 9 a.m.