DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Two suspects suffered non-life threatening injuries when they drove down the wrong side of the roadway while fleeing from police, eventually crashing head-on into another car. A woman and child in the car that was struck was also suffered minor injuries.
Major Christopher Malson with the Dayton Police Department tells 2 NEWS that officers were conducting targeted patrols in the area of Gettysburg Avenue and Third Street when they observed a blue Buick LeSabre behaving in a suspicious manner.
After witnessing multiple minor traffic violations, officers attempted to pull the car over. Instead, the driver took off. Police said the suspects in the vehicle were not related to their patrol operations.
Maj. Malson with Dayton Police spoke on the incident Thursday afternoon:
The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s aviation team was able to use one of their helicopters to keep track of the car. Because of this, Dayton PD did not continue to pursue the car, but the suspect continued to drive in a reckless manner as if being chased.
During this time, police say the suspect rammed into a nearby Dayton Police cruiser. They say it appears that the suspect did this intentionally.
The driver went on to cause three other minor accidents before driving down the wrong side of the road on Riverside Drive near Ashwood Avenue, and crashing head-on into an oncoming vehicle.
Both the two suspects, the woman, and the child, were all taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Police say the suspects could face charges of fleeing and eluding, as well as charges stemming from other traffic violations.