ASHLAND COUNTY, Ohio — Intense dashcam video shows the moment state troopers pulled a suspect from a burning pickup truck, which crashed during a pursuit that started in Ashland County.
The incident, which happened at 5:17 p.m. Monday, involved a GMC Sierra pickup truck that authorities say was “driving recklessly” on I-71 South.
Troopers located the vehicle near Route 250 and attempt to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled and a pursuit began.
“The suspect vehicle continued southbound at varying speeds, swerving in and out of traffic,” troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol said in a press release. “During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle intentionally struck a patrol car causing it to crash into the highway median cables.”
The trooper in that vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries and was later released from a hospital.
When the pursuit entered Richland County, troopers deployed stop-sticks. The fleeing vehicle crashed moments later into a bridge pillar and ignited in flames near Route 13.
“Troopers rushed to the vehicle and discovered the driver unconscious,” authorities said. “They quickly removed him from the burning vehicle and helped him to safety.”
The 54-year-old Parma man was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
No charges have been filed at this time, but the situation remains under investigation.
Authorities say impairment is suspected in the incident.
3News is not naming the driver since he is not facing charges at this time.
No additional details were immediately available.