LOUNDONVILLE – A man was charged with fleeing police after a high-speed chase ended with the suspect vehicle crashing into a school.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol on Sunday, December 26th, 2021, the Mansfield Highway Patrol Post received a phone call about a vehicle driving recklessly on IR-71, northbound, near mile post 151.
At approximately 0333 hours, the vehicle was identified and a traffic stop was initiated by a Mansfield Highway Patrol Trooper on IR-71 northbound, near mile post 175. The vehicle, driven by Eduardo Albert Osorio-Samperio, 25, of Maple Heights, Ohio pulled over towards the right berm and stopped, partially in the right lane. As the Trooper began to approach the vehicle, the driver fled and a pursuit ensued.
The vehicle, a blue 2011 Dodge Ram pick-up truck, exited IR-71 north and continued on to US 30 east at a high rate of speed. The vehicle eventually exited on to SR 60 south and continued to drive into the Village of Loudonville. Mr. Osorio-Samperio continued on S. Union Street where he crossed over E. Bustle Street, failed to maintain control and struck the McMullen Elementary School.
Mr. Osorio-Samperio was treated at the scene by the Loudonville EMS and was transported to the Mansfield Ohio Health Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
This incident is still currently under investigation and charges for Mr. Osorio-Samperio are pending. Troopers from the Ashland Patrol Post, the Ashland County Sheriff’s Department and the Loudonville Police Department assisted with the investigation.
The driver was not wearing his safety belt and alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.