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Suspect Charged After Fleeing From Police, Assaulting Officer

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Tyquan Crawford (Credit: CPD) Tyquan Crawford (Credit: CPD)

A man accused of running from officers following a crash on the city's east side Sunday evening is now facing felony charges.

According to a report from Columbus police, officers observed a green Chevrolet Yukon hit two vehicles, and a Columbus police cruiser in the area of Hamilton and Groves roads at about 7:57 p.m.

The officers pursued the vehicle to the 200 block of South James Road where they performed a PIT maneuver (Precision Immobilization Technique), causing the Yukon to strike a telephone pole.

Two passengers were ejected from the vehicle and one passenger remained in the vehicle.

The driver, identified as 22-year-old Tyquan L. Crawford, fled from the scene and led officers on a foot chase through a nearby neighborhood.

While chasing Crawford and attempting to jump a fence, Officer Anthony Pray accidentally discharged his handgun into the ground, according to police.

Crawford continued to flee and ran to a nearby apartment in the 200 block of Ashburton Avenue.

Crawford gained entry into the apartment and officers followed, finding him in an upstairs bedroom. One officer was struck in the face by Crawford as officers attempted to take him into custody, according to police.

Columbus police tells NBC4 officers had to use a stun gun and pepper spray on Crawford before they were able to gain control of him and place him under arrest.

Crawford and three passengers were transported to Grant Medical Center in stable condition. Two of the occupants were later released.

One of the officers was treated to the scene for back pain.

Items suspected to be narcotics were recovered from the vehicle.

Crawford has been charged with failure to comply, burglary and assault on a police officer.

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