A suspect in an aggravated robbery led police on a chase in downtown Dayton until crashing into a building at First and Sears streets.
According to Dayton Police Major Wendy Stiver, two vehicles were reported stolen earlier Tuesday, and police were able to stop one of the vehicles on Wayne Avenue. The driver and passenger in that stolen car were taken into custody, she said.
The driver in the other vehicle was a 17-year-old who led police on a chase and crashed into a building in downtown Dayton, according to police. That teen is also in police custody, according to officials.
As shown by surveillance video obtained exclusively by 2 NEWS, a white SUV is seen turning onto First Street just seconds before a Ford Expedition comes barreling across the intersection of First and Sears streets, slamming into a condominium building.
As smoke starts to pour from the vehicle, officers immediately run toward the driver. More police cars quickly arrive on scene.
“I didn’t hear anything,” said Theodore Mills, the owner of Ted Mills Baseball, a baseball training facility located across the street from where the crash happened. “The guy that just left – he came in and said, ‘What’s going on?'”
Mills showed 2 NEWS the surveillance video taken by one of the cameras outside his business.
“You never know what’s going to happen right out there, right out here,” he said.
According to police, the chase began around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when police located a vehicle stolen in an aggravated robbery earlier that day. The suspects had stolen another vehicle from the same location hours later, according to authorities.
Authorities located and stopped the other car and arrested two suspects without incident on Wayne Avenue, according to Major Stiver.
But as for the driver of the Ford Expedition, it was a different story. He led police on a chase until crashing at First and Sears streets.
“Everybody was standing at the window watching and trying to figure out what’s going on,” said Regina Bellante, a bartender at Brixx Ice Co., also located across the street from where the crash happened.
Bellante said she was heading into work when she saw the commotion. She said she regularly sees police patrolling the neighborhood and praised their quick action.
“It was actually nice to see the police with such a big response,” Bellante said. “It makes us feel like we’re safe here.”
Mills said he is providing a copy of his surveillance video to police.
The 17-year-old driver injured in the crash was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Dayton police.
Only 2 NEWS has surveillance video of the crash: