Eastlake: Driver fleeing police hits light pole, flown to hospital

2:02 PM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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EASTLAKE -- A Painesville man is facing charges from police here and in Willoughby after an early-morning crash Sunday.

Abuot 5:20 a.m. Sunday, an Eastlake police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a minor traffic violation -- weaving and stopping for a green light -- on Vine Street eastbound. The vehicle did not stop and continued eastbound.

Police said the driver then accelerated the vehicle, entered the left turn lane to the state Route 2 west entrance ramp, traveled under state Route 2, then entered the turn lane to state Route 2 east.

Police say the vehicle then slowed down slightly and attempted to turn left on the entrance ramp but failed to negotiate the turn, sliding off the edge of the roadway and striking a light pole, causing the pole to fall.

The vehicle came to a rest on the base of the light pole. The driver appeared to be unconscious, but then he sat up and attempted to drive off, pressing on the accelerator.

When the vehicle didn't move, he then got out of the vehicle and tried but failed to flee on foot.

EMS was called for him and he was later taken by LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center.

The driver, 33, from Painesville, was cited for driving under suspension, fleeing and eluding police, and possession of marijuana.

More charges are pending after results of blood samples are analyzed by the crime lab.

The Willoughby Police Department completed the accident report and will also have charges pending on the man.


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