Police pursuit ends in crash in Youngstown

The crash happened at the corner of Connecticut Ave. and Meridian Rd.

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A police pursuit through the west side of Youngstown Thursday ended in a crash on Meridian Road.

According to a police report, officers attempted to stop a vehicle just before 6 p.m. on South Avenue after the driver, identified as Noah Thornton, 26, of Girard, made an illegal turn. Thornton did not stop on South Avenue and entered Interstate 680 where police followed him with lights and siren on.

Thornton exited I-680 at the Mahoning Ave./Glenwood exit and continued up Mahoning Avenue at times reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour, weaving through traffic and ignoring red lights. Police followed Thornton until he continued onto Oakwood Avenue, driving the wrong way on the one-way street. At that time, police stopped the pursuit.

Officers caught up with Thornton again as he turned onto Connecticut Avenue where he ran a stop sign at the corner of Connecticut and Meridian Road and collided with another vehicle.

The driver of the other car was not injured. Thornton suffered an injury to his leg and was taken to Saint Elizabeth hospital.

Officers searched Thornton’s vehicle and found crack cocaine, a spoon with suspected drug residue and a needle.

Police say Thornton told them he ran because he thought he had a warrant out for his arrest. He is facing drug charges along with felony failure to comply with signal of police.

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