Police hurt when cruiser is hit

Fleeing vehicle crashes into car; 4 sent to hospital

YOUNGSTOWN — Two city officers and two suspects were taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for treatment after a fleeing vehicle in a pursuit crashed into a police cruiser Tuesday evening on the South Side.

The officers received minor injuries and were released from the hospital after being checked out, Capt. Jason Simon of the detective division said. The suspects had no injuries. The cruiser was badly damaged.

Raheen A. Traylor, 19, of Oregon Avenue, was arraigned Wednesday in Youngstown Municipal Court on felony failure to comply with the order of a police officer and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle, and misdemeanor obstructing official business and traffic violations.

A second male, Dwayne L. Thomas, 17, of Scioto Avenue, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and obstructing official business and was taken to the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center after being checked out at the hospital.

Officers tried to make a traffic stop on a car at 6:38 p.m. at Boston and Firnley avenues on the South Side after the the driver, later determined to be Traylor, ignored the stop sign. The vehicle initially stopped on Idora Avenue.

As officers exited their cruiser, the Chrysler 200 sped off. Officers chased the vehicle through numerous South Side streets. Another officer took over as primary follower and the initial cruiser followed followed nearby.

But the Chrysler turned east off of Glenwood Avenue onto Fairview, crashing into the front passenger side of the cruiser while not stopping for a stop sign. The cruiser was disabled and rolled to a stop on Mercer Street near Edwards.

Other officers saw three males get out of the Chrysler and flee on foot with Traylor being the driver, a report states. One of the officers in the crashed cruiser chased Traylor and ordered him to stop, but he ignored the commands. The officer captured Traylor on Edwards Street near High Street with help from the other officer in the crashed cruiser and the officer who took over as primary pursuer.

Other officers apprehended Thomas and found him to be in possession of a loaded gun. A third male who fled was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and pants with a red shirt underneath, and got away.

A handgun also was found on the driver’s side floor board.



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