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Suspect in Police Chase Uses Parked Car to Smash into Elementary School in Ithaca


Just before 10 o’clock last night on February 8th, an officer from the City of Ithaca Police Department observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the Fall Creek area of Ithaca. The officer then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.

The vehicle fled from police, failing to stop for the officer. Ithaca Police say the driver of the fleeing vehicle collided with a parked vehicle and then intentionally pushed the parked vehicle into the Fall Creek Elementary School. The vehicle caused heavy damage to the school.

Ithaca Police say after pushing the vehicle into the school, the driver then backed up at a high rate of speed and attempted to strike marked patrol cars, but missed. After failing to hit the police car, the driver then drove forward and struck the parked vehicle again to push it further into the school.

The driver then got out of the car and fled on foot, but was stopped and arrested by officers. Ithaca Police have not released the name of the driver as the investigation remains ongoing. Charges are pending in the case and will be released shortly, the department says.

Assisting Ithaca Police were the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, Bangs Ambulance, and the Ithaca Fire Department.

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