Stolen car ends police chase in crash

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Toledo Police tried to stop a stolen car, but the driver took off. After a short chase, it all ended in a crash around 9 p.m. Thursday in east Toledo.

A Toledo police officer and highway patrol officer were teamed up as part of a multi-agency enforcement crackdown called "Operation Shield." They were just about a block away at the intersection of Spring Grove and Kelsey, when they tried to pull over a blue Ford Explorer. The driver took off.

Police gave chase and after a short pursuit, it ended at the intersection of Dearborn and Ravine when the suspect tried to turn onto Ravine and flipped the car.

Police said George Tedrow, 29, was behind the wheel and admitted to stealing the car.

Tedrow is now charged with felony fleeing and eluding. It is possible more charges could follow.

Tedrow injured his hand in the crash and was treated at a local hospital.

According to police, officers weigh several factors before chasing a vehicle. Still, accidents are common.

"As far as some type of minor accident, it's probably more often than not. The person running from the police a lot of times, they're not very good drivers, that's the reason a lot of times that we're stopping them. They're trying to get away not paying attention to where they're going," explained Sgt. Joe Heffernan of the Toledo Police Department.

Early Thursday morning, police chased another stolen vehicle in east Toledo near Navarre and Kingston. That chase ended when the stolen car crashed into several others. The suspect, James Medkeff, was arrested.

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