Ohio State Highway Patrol car

MANSFIELD -- Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers pulled an injured driver  from a burning vehicle late Sunday afternoon after a pursuit, which began in Ashland County, resulted in a crash.

A trooper was also injured during the pursuit and was treated and released from a local hospital.

At 5:17 p.m., troopers from the Ashland Patrol Post received multiple calls of a White GMC Sierra pickup truck driving recklessly on Interstate 71 southbound.

Troopers located the suspect vehicle near Ohio 250 in Ashland County and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle did not stop and a pursuit ensued.

The suspect vehicle continued southbound at varying speeds, swerving in and out of traffic. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle intentionally struck a patrol car causing it to crash into the highway median cables.

The trooper in that patrol car sustained non-life threatening injuries and was later treated and released from a local hospital. The identity of the trooper was not released to the media.

The pursuit entered Richland County and troopers were able to successfully deploy stop-sticks. However, the vehicle continued southbound. A short time later, the suspect vehicle crashed into a bridge pillar and became engulfed in flames near Ohio 13.

Troopers rushed to the vehicle and discovered the driver unconscious. They quickly removed him from the burning vehicle and helped him to safety. He was later transported to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the 2018 GMC Sierra was Scott Gracie, 54, of Parma. Impairment is suspected. However the incident remains under investigation and charges have not yet been filed.

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