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University Circle police called off chase prior to crash in East Cleveland, chief says

March 22, 2018 GMT

University Circle police called off chase prior to crash in East Cleveland, chief says

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A University Circle police supervisor called off a brief chase before the car involved in the pursuit crashed early Thursday in East Cleveland, police said.

A University Circle police officer stopped chasing a car about a half-mile before it crashed near Nemo’s Liquor Store on Euclid Avenue near Forest Hills Boulevard, University Circle police Chief Jim Repicky said.

The impact threw one woman from the car, but another woman was trapped in the vehicle, according to an East Cleveland police report. Both women were taken to a hospital for treatment.

One woman has been released but the other remains hospitalized, Repicky said.

A University Circle officer began following a car about 1:15 a.m. after seeing it speeding and weaving. The officer tried to stop the car on Euclid Avenue near East 117th Street, but the driver sped away, Repicky said.

The chase reached a top speed of approximately 50 mph before it crossed from Cleveland into East Cleveland, Repicky said. The border is located less than a mile from the intersection where the officer tried to stop the car.

A University Circle police supervisor terminated the chase when it reached East Cleveland, Repicky said.

University Circle’s police cruisers do not have dashboard cameras, so there is no video of the chase, Repicky said.

The State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. A Highway Patrol spokesman could not provide any additional information.

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