HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – At least two people were arrested following a police chase in Trumbull County on Monday.
Police say the car took off from a traffic stop and later crashed into a Hubbard police cruiser, hurting the officer inside.
Hubbard Officer Eric Mallory, who is also a former Youngstown police officer and Army veteran, was the officer hurt in the crash. Investigators say his cruiser was hit head-on. He is now out of the hospital and in “good spirits,” according to Chief Bob Thompson.
“When I texted him this morning, he said he was pretty sore, but he is a tough guy. He should recover fully,” Thompson said.
The chase started when Brookfield Police Chief Dan Faustino says the vehicle took off from a traffic stop on Route 62 at Bedford Road. A Brookfield officer had pulled the car over for its tinted windows.
“It has real dark windows. They are so tinted you can’t even see inside with a flashlight,” Faustino said.
Faustino says at one point, the chase reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour, traveling on Route 62 and Interstate 80.
The officer lost the vehicle in traffic but ended up spotting it again in the parking lot of Flying J, where Faustino says it drove toward the officer, narrowly missed the cruiser and shortly after crashed into another.
A backseat passenger, now identified as Antwan Tarver, ran from the scene but was taken into custody near Dunkin Donuts.
Tarver is being held on an $80,000 bond for complicity, resisting arrest and marijuana possession charges.
The driver, Charles Pickard, is being held on a $75,000 bond.
“Hit a Hubbard police cruiser head-on and injured an officer pretty severely. He broke his nose and kneecap,” said Eastern District Court Prosecutor Deena DeVico.
Pickard is facing numerous traffic and criminal charges including aggravated vehicular assault, driving under suspension, reckless operation and trafficking in drugs. Police say they seized more than $3,300 in cash and 178 grams of marijuana.
“Not sure if that led to the decision to flee,” Faustino said.