Thursday, April 01, 2010


Story & Photos by BRIAN WOODS
North Ridgeville – A man led Officers from North Ridgeville on a high speed multi city chase Thursday after he rammed their cruiser. The chase ended in Lorain where the man almost made it home.

Police from North Ridgeville were attempting to help Lorain Police by arresting 30 year old Jeffery Phillips of Lorain on a Domestic Violence charge from an incident that occurred in Lorain earlier in the day. Phillips was at Morris Pontiac on Center Ridge Road in North Ridgeville when Police found him and blocked his car. Phillips was not in the car however.

When Officers found Phillips inside the building he fled on foot to his car. Officers chasing after him continued to order him to stop and then after he got into his car they yelled for him to get out of the car. It was then that Phillips tried to get away his by striking the building and then trying to run over the two Officers.

Fearing for their lives, the Officers fired a number of rounds at Phillips striking him 3 times. Even with being shot Phillips fled the area and led Officers on a chase, sometimes slow speed, through North Ridgeville, Avon and Sheffield Village before ending on East 41st Street in Lorain near his home.

Phillips continued to resist Officers and tried to flee again but Officers were able to restrain him.

Paramedics from LifeCare Ambulance treated Phillips at the scene for 3 gunshot wounds and then transported him to Community Health Partners Emergency Room. Phillips was later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland where a Nursing Supervisor says he is currently in fair condition.

Police say that Phillips, who has previous convictions for violent felonies, faces charges of Felony Fleeing and Resisting Arrest.

None of the Officers involved in the incident were injured. The two Officers involved in the shooting were placed on Administrative Leave per Departmental policy.


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