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Avon Lake man crashes into trees, vehicles during police chase


AVON LAKE – A local man is accused of fleeing from police at a high rate of speed Friday morning before crashing into a fire hydrant, two trees and three vehicles before coming to rest upside down in a resident’s front yard, police said.

Shane Wasara, 25, 336 Inwood Ave., then ran and led police on a foot chase during the early morning hours, police said. The Avon Lake police requested mutual aid from Sheffield Lake and Avon police to help find him.

Avon Lake Police Department Lt. Scott Fishburn said Wasara was found and taken into custody without incident by an Avon police officer near the area of Lake Road and Parkwood Avenue.

According to a press release issued by Fishburn, an Avon Lake police officer tried to stop Wasara for a traffic violation at 2:32 a.m. near Lake Road and Inwood Boulevard, but Wasara took off instead – traveling southbound on Moorewood Avenue, where he lost control of his vehicle.

Fishburn said Wasara did not sustain any major injuries.

“Luckily the property damage was insignificant in the sense that it was mostly in tree lawn areas,” Fishburn said. “The only injuries were minor and only to himself.”

Sarah Harvey, 19, 282 Moorewood Ave., said her father’s vehicle was one of the cars hit by Wasara. She said the noise was very loud and her family woke up when they heard something crashing into the fire hydrant, trees and cars.

When the family came outside they saw the overturned truck and police officers' flashlights as they searched for Wasara.

“All of my dad’s work equipment was in the back of his trunk,” Harvey said, pointing to a car with a smashed rear-end that was sitting sideways in the driveway. “He must have hit the back end and it spun around.”

City service department crews were cleaning up debris in yards Friday morning on Moorewood Avenue, where there were fallen trees, broken glass and pieces and parts of Wasara’s Ford F-150.

“He’s lucky he didn’t harm himself, hit another person head-on or roll into a house,” Fishburn said.

Wasara was charged with OVI, speeding, reckless operation, reasonable control, stopping after accident and failure to comply, according to the press release.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski.

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