Boardman chase damages homes

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BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Township police are working to find a suspect in the high-speed chase Thursday morning that damaged homes on Woodrow Avenue.

Police said just before 1 a.m. Thursday, a stolen Dodge Durango driving erratically led them on a high-speed chase from Woodrow Avenue to the dead end of Wildwood Drive. The passenger jumped from the moving car and surrendered to police after the driver took out a fence and almost hit an officer who was on foot.

Officers said they followed him to Wildwood Drive, where he crashed his car into a tree and fled. A K-9 tracked the driver for about a mile, but lost the scent.

Manuel Gonzalez took a look at the damaged fence on the side of his house on Thursday afternoon. He said he is shocked that a car chase tore through his typically quiet street.

“Practically just about the whole neighborhood woke up and they were all wondering what all happened, so it’s kind of weird. This is a very quiet neighborhood, a real nice neighborhood and to have something like this happen, it’s just scary.  The times are scary,” Gonzalez said. “I saw white light and again I just thought it was lightning until I saw the red and the blue and then I knew something was up.”

Gonzalez said he’s glad to see no one was hurt.

“All of our officers were O.K. Fortunately, none of them were stuck by the vehicle. We’re not sure about the driver, if he sustained any injuries, as we haven’t located him yet,” said Boardman Police Det. Glenn Patton.

Patton said the driver reached speeds of 75 mph.

The driver could face several charges, including felonious assault on a police officer, receiving stolen property and failure to comply. Patton said they are close to naming a suspect and will continue to work with Youngstown Police and the Violent Crimes Task Force.

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