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A Minerva police officer who was pursuing a fleeing suspect ended up in the hospital after being involved in a two-vehicle collision on Alliance Road/state Route 183 on Feb. 19.
According to Sergeant William Bower of the Tuscarawas County Ohio Highway Patrol, officer Dustin Chase, 32, began pursuing 36-year-old Joshua Brady, of 802 Elizabeth St., Minerva, in response to a traffic violation Brady had allegedly committed.
Bower said a high-speed chase ensued westbound along Alliance Road after Brady fled the scene in his vehicle.
He stated that an investigation of the crash has indicated that it occurred when 50-year-old Steven Jute, 1223 Clover St., Minerva, exited the parking lot of O'Reilly's Auto Parts Store at 1100 Alliance Road. Jute's vehicle crashed into Chase's police cruiser as Jute was heading across Alliance Road to Kennel Road.
Chase sustained injuries when his cruiser rolled over and caught fire. Both he and Jute were treated and released from Aultman Hospital, Bower said.
The Carroll County Jail confirmed Monday that Brady was charged with failure to comply with the order of a police officer and was being held in the jail with bond set at $50,000 cash or surety. Brady was to be scheduled for a hearing in Municipal Court with Judge Gary Willen presiding.
Bower said Jute had not yet been charged as a result of the car collision but noted charges could be pending.
The Ohio Highway Patrol anticipated completing its investigation of the crash by the end of this week.