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Highway Patrol: Richfield man 'purposely' backs into cruiser, leads troopers on chase

The incident happened over the weekend in downtown Akron.
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AKRON, Ohio — A Summit County man is facing multiple charges after leading state troopers on a chase over the weekend.

The trouble began Saturday night, just after 9:15 p.m., when troopers from the Cleveland District of the Ohio State Highway Patrol tried to pull over a driver for a red-light violation at the intersection of S. Main and E. South streets in Akron.

According to a news release, 44-year-old Albert Hazlett, of Richfield, failed to stop his Ford Ecoline E-350, which was pulling a 2008 U-Haul trailer, and a chase with troopers began.

At some point during the pursuit, Hazlett "purposely backed into a marked Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser" and caused damage.

The chase finally ended on a dirt road off of Bolanz Road, near a heavily wooded area. That's where OSHP says Hazlett failed to cooperate with troopers and took off running. His passenger, a 45-year-old Richfield woman, was taken into custody. Officials said she had an active warrant for her arrest and was transported to another police agency. It was not immediately clear if charges were filed.

Hazlett was arrested a short time later. The trailer he was hauling was marked "stolen" by the Akron Police Department and the status of his vehicle is being investigated, the news release said.

Both narcotics and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle, OSHP said. Hazlett was taken to Summit County Jail. 

He faces charges of:

  • failure to comply_elude or flee (3rd degree felony)
  • receiving stolen property (4th degree felony) 
  • criminal damaging (5th degree felony). 
  • vehicular assault (misdemeanor)
  • resisting arrest (misdemeanor) 
  • obstructing official business (misdemeanor) 

According to OSHP, more charges could be filed. The case remains under investigation. Stick with 3News for updates as they become available.

Editor's Note: The following video is from a previous, unrelated report.


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