A stolen license plate led to a high-speed pursuit early Monday morning that left one officer injured.
The pursuit began at 1 a.m. Monday when a Westlake police officer attempted to stop a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier after he noted the license plate belonged on a stolen Ford truck, according to a release from the Westlake Police Department.
The driver dropped off a 37-year-old homeless woman on Clague Road near the CWD plant, then fled westbound on Sperry Drive and onto Interstate 90 westbound toward Avon, according to the release.
Avon and Avon Lake police departments were notified of the pursuit. It is believed the suspect drove over Avon Police’s spike strips while fleeing during the incident, according to the release. His speeds fluctuated between 45 and 85 mph during the pursuit.
The suspect got off Interstate 90 at Route 83 and drove down a dead-end section of Center Road, into a backyard and crashed into a ditch, according to the release. He tried to run off, but was caught shortly after by an Avon Lake officer.
The suspect gave a false name, but was identified through fingerprints as John Sutton, 47, of Cleveland.
The owner of the car, identified only as a Parma man, had lent Sutton the car on Oct. 11 with the condition that it be returned that day, according to the release.
Sutton has warrants from Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and Rocky River Police Department. He will be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia for a crack pipe; misidentification; resisting arrest; receiving stole property for the license plate; unauthorized use of motor vehicle; felony fleeing; and a number of traffic offenses.
A Westlake officer suffered a leg injury while chasing Sutton on foot; he was treated at St. John Medical Center and released.
The female, Rhonda Roberts, has a warrant from Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.