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Police respond to welfare check about drunk man with wheelbarrow; ends with pursuit and crash

Posted at 12:09 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 12:09:19-04

MASSILLON, Ohio — A welfare call about an allegedly intoxicated man walking shirtless around homes in Massillon with a wheelbarrow ended Thursday with a police pursuit and crash.

Police responded to the 1300 block of 3rd Street Northeast just after 6:30 a.m.

When officers arrived, the man jumped into a nearby Dodge pickup truck and drove off. Dash camera footage of the pursuit shows the truck driving erratically through the city before crashing into a utility pole and stopping in a ditch in Jackson Township, authorities said.

The video shows the man crawl out of the passenger side window and run away with his arms flailing.

Police nabbed him after a short foot chase.

The man was charged with OVI and fleeing and eluding, according to police.