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Driver Of Stolen Vehicle Crashes Into Ohio Courthouse



Officials said six people were seriously injured when the driver of a stolen vehicle crashed into a courthouse while fleeing from state police.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Guernsey County Sheriff's Office are investigating the crash early Monday.

According to a news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Cambridge post received a call at 3:30 a.m. Monday reporting a reckless driver on Interstate 77 in Guernsey County.

Shortly after, a trooper found the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on I-70 near milepost 179. The driver did not stop and fled northbound on State Route 209 toward the city of Cambridge, troopers said.

Officials with the OSHP said the trooper lost sight of the vehicle due to its high rate of speed. A short time later, the vehicle crashed into the Guernsey County Courthouse.

All six people vehicle suffered serious injuries and had to be freed by emergency personnel, state police said. Four people were flown to Grant Medical Center and two were transported by ground to Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center.

An additional investigation at the scene revealed that the vehicle was stolen from a residence in Massillon, Ohio. Charges are pending review by the Guernsey County prosecutor.

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