Suspect Charged After Fleeing From Police, Assaulting Officer
By: Alex Mazer, Multimedia Content Producer - email
Tyquan Crawford (Credit: CPD)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
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
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
Crawford has been charged with failure to comply, burglary
and assault on a police officer.