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Twinsburg police officer blocked woman’s car from being hit during police chase

Posted at 4:46 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 20:04:06-04

TWINSBURG, Ohio — Laura Raglow's day started out normal enough. She loaded her kids in the car to head home and then chaos erupted.

"My daughter was crying, 'what’s going on mommy,' and my son said 'is that a bad guy?'” Raglow said.

Raglow and her three children found themselves witnessing a police chase.

"Before I knew it, there was this gray car coming, flying past with several police officers behind,” Raglow said.

She was stopped at a light on State Route 91 and Ravenna Road in Twinsburg when everything went down.

"I saw the police officer coming up, and I looked, and the light was green, and he literally got right in front of me before I would have gone,” she said.

Police dash camera video shows Raglow’s car being blocked from the intersection.

She believes if she would have gone through the green light, her car would have been struck by the speeding driver.

"I keep thinking my son sits behind me in his car seat, and I would have been hit and my son would have been hit pretty hard,” said Raglow. "I’m just so grateful, he’s our guardian angel.”

Twinsburg police said that the officer was working to slow down the speeding driver.

"The vehicle didn’t stop, so he was trying to deploy stop sticks to immobilize the vehicle,” Twinsburg Police Sergeant Brian Donato said.

It just so happens that he was in the right place at the right time.

"He probably didn’t even realize he was blocking a car, he was just doing his job,” said Sgt. Donato.

According to Donato, when the chase reached to high a speed, officers called off the pursuit. Police later located the driver and arrested him.

"He didn’t have a driver's license, so he got scared whenever the officer turned his lights on behind him and he didn’t want to stop,” Donato said.

Raglow said that she’s just so grateful to her angel-officer who likely saved her family.

"It is just so important that the police know how much, especially this officer, how much I appreciate him and I don’t know what would have happened if he wasn’t there,” Raglow said.

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