Two TPD officers in ‘serious, but stable’ condition after crashWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | email@example.com
UPDATE: Toledo Police have charged Matthew Hartford, 28, with two charges of felonious assault for the accident that injured two TPD officers.
Two Toledo Police officers are in serious but stable condition after a driver evading a Highway Patrol trooper ran a stop sign in East Toledo and slammed into their patrol vehicle during the early morning hours of July 3, official say.
Officers Todd Mikolajczyk, who was driving, and Jeron Ellis, both 30, were extricated from the vehicle by Toledo Fire Department and transported to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.
Ellis is a rookie officer, hired in 2013 and a member of the most recent Toledo Police Department (TPD) graduating class. Mikolajczyk was hired in 2011 and was serving as Ellis’ field training officer.
The suspect, who has not been identified, was fleeing an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who had attempted to stop the vehicle for speeding on Miami Street near I-75 around 4:43 a.m. July 3, TPD Chief William Moton said at a news conference. The vehicle was clocked at 70 mph in a 40 mph zone.
“We have a person of interest, but we’re still doing an investigation,” said Lt. Dan Gerken of TPD’s investigative services unit. He declined to comment whether the person of interest was the owner of the vehicle. Possible charges are still being determined.
The TPD vehicle was southbound on East Broadway Street when it was broadsided on the passenger side by the eastbound SUV, which ran a stop sign on Greenwood Avenue. The SUV flipped and the driver fled.
Moments before the accident, the trooper had decided to abandon the pursuit for safety concerns once the vehicle moved into a residential neighborhood.