Man charged with hitting Campbell police car

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CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – Campbell Police arrested a man early Friday morning after he collided head-on with a police cruiser and then tried to run, according to a police report.

Police charged Alexander Kostantas, 19, with felonious assault. Kostantas appeared in court a matter of hours later to be arraigned on the charge.

Emergency workers took Officer Joshua Tedesco to the hospital for possible concussion, but he is expected to make a full recovery. Paramedics also initially took Kostantas to the hospital for his injuries.

According to the report, someone called Campbell police around 1 a.m. saying a male was screaming in the middle of Tenney Avenue. Two officers arrived on the scene, reporting that Kostantas was outside of his car with hazard lights on, then entered the car, crossed over into oncoming traffic and hit the cruiser.

Police said in the report that Kostantas then exited his car and ran into the front of another police car on the scene. Campbell Police arrested Kostantas, who later became uncooperative with paramedics who were treating him, according to the report.

Campbell police officer Kevin Sferra said police believe Kostantas was under the influence of some type of drug, but they are not yet sure what and are awaiting blood results from the hospital.

“Any call for service can quickly turn into a life or death experience. Im (sic) proud of officers Tedesco and Zupko’s decision making that allowed them to stay safe, keep the intoxicated suspect safe from unnecessary harm, and to effect an arrest,” Campbell Police Chief Drew Rauzan said. “What could have ended in a death, was kept to bumps and bruises on both the officer and the suspect.”

Kostantas is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on May 29.

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