Driver flips car trying to evade officers
(Cleveland) - Two Cleveland Police officers rescued a man from a burning car, Thursday night.
Cleveland Police Officers Bonnie Simmerly and Elaina Ciacch.
Patrol Officers Bonnie Simmerly and Elaina Ciacchi were working night shift in the Fifth District when they received a call about a suspicious vehicle.
When they arrived on Haldale, they saw a vehicle in the middle of the street. The officers approached the vehicle and saw a man sleeping inside. They knocked on the window, at which point the man woke up, put the car in gear and sped away.
The two officers toured the area for the vehicle and located it a short time later. The man had driven off of the roadway and into a wooded area near Endora and Hillsboro. The vehicle was on its side amongst the trees and the officers could see sparks and smoke coming from underneath the car and flames from the hood.
Officers notified radio dispatch that the car was on fire and then quickly began to strike the vehicle’s rear window with their batons in order to free the man inside.
Simmerly and Ciacchi were able to get the male out of the car through a window and drag him to the roadway, safely away from the vehicle.
Cleveland Fire responded to extinguish the burning vehicle.
The driver was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center by EMS for treatment and was later cited for Driving Under Suspension and Failure to Control.
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