Several people ended up in the hospital following an East Cleveland police chase on Tuesday, March 23rd. According to the report released by the East Cleveland Police Department, the victims included a one-year-old child.
A news report disclosed that the police said the chase started after a failed attempt to stop a Ford Escape with a heavy window tint. The bodycam footage showed that after the officer asked the male driver for an ID, he put the car in reverse and drove off.
The officer handling the stop gave chase, and barely two minutes in, the driver abandoned the Ford Escape. In that short time, the police said the SUV crossed into the City of Cleveland, causing the crash that involved three other vehicles.
One of the cars struck by the Ford — a Jeep — had four occupants, including the 1-year-old girl. Medics conveyed them to the hospital for treatment. One of the vehicle occupants said that the East Cleveland police chase should not have crossed over into the City of Cleveland.
The Cleveland Police Chief said that legally, other law enforcement agencies have the right to chase a suspect into their jurisdiction. The police were able to apprehend the driver of the Ford and identified him as Steve Robinson.
The man has five warrants out for charges, including domestic violence, assault, and theft. In addition to those, he will face charges for fleeing and aggravated vehicular assault. There is no additional information.
Victims of accidents of this nature have the right to commence a civil lawsuit against the fault party. It would be best for the victim not to do it alone but with an Ohio car accident attorney’s assistance.