People in a Brownlee Woods neighborhood saw fireworks of a different kind Wednesday morning — a car chase that started in Austintown and came to a screeching halt in Ipe Field, right in their backyards.
“All of a sudden, I was hearing sirens and they sounded like they were getting close, and I heard a speeding truck and as fast as I could look up, he was doing 60 to 70 when he came down this street,” Anthony Prinkey said.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol identified the driver as 31-year-old Andrew McCourt, of Berlin Center.
Officers were chasing a white Ford F-350 that was reported stolen out of Warren on July 1. Extra holiday patrols were out when they spotted the vehicle on Interstate 680 near Meridian Road.
They tried to stop him for a traffic violation, but said McCourt kept going.
“Got off on Meridian Road and went down and around in toward the city, then got back on 680 south, then finally got off here on Midlothian,” Lt. Brad Bucey said.
After a chase spanning several miles that reached speeds of 80 miles per hour, the driver crashed through a fence at Ipe Field on E. Midlothian Boulevard. He then drove through the grass before running into the woods, according to officers.
“Once he came to a stop, he got out on foot and fled and our officers apprehended him,” Bucey said.
EMS took McCourt to Saint Elizabeth’s to be checked out.
Neighbors are shocked and thankful that no one got hurt.
“Usually, the field has kickball tournaments and kids playing down there all the time. It was just one lucky morning, there was nobody in the field playing,” Prinkey said.
McCourt is facing several charges as a result of the chase, including failure to comply and receiving stolen property.