Police cruiser involved in crash

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A Coitsville police cruiser was involved in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning that hospitalized a woman not involved in the chase.

The accident happened around 7:45 a.m. on McGuffey Road near Landsdowne Boulevard.

Police said Coitsville police officer Donald Dudley was chasing someone suspected of attempting to steal an El Camino when he struck the woman.

Both were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center. Both are in stable condition, police said.

Police said Dudley caught two men hooking the El Camino up to their vehicle in Coitsville. When he approached them, they unhooked the El Camino, jumped into their car, and sped away. Police said it was the second time someone tried to steal the El Camino.

Dudley was driving a brand new $30,000 cruiser. We have learned the Coitsville cruiser contained a video camera that recorded the incident.

WKBN has placed a public records requests with both Youngstown and Coitsville police and county and city prosecutors to obtain video from the accident. There has not yet been a response.

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