August 1, 2014

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Police say Lorain driver crashes into cruiser, flees

LORAIN — A Lorain driver accused of crashing into a police cruiser and then fleeing police who followed the man’s blood-stained trail faces several charges.

Jesus M. Rivera, 24, of Lorain, is charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to control, and driving under revocation suspension, according to police reports.

Police said Rivera drove a vehicle that struck a Lorain police auxiliary car in the 1100 block of Highland Park Boulevard about 10:15 p.m. Thursday, after which he fled the area.

Police responding to the scene followed a trail of fluid from the vehicle driven by Rivera to an apartment complex on Marshall Avenue.

Once there, officers saw a Hispanic man run from a maroon Chevy Cobalt into an apartment building. Officers followed a trail of blood from the car inside the building and up a flight of stairs to a blood-covered door handle of an apartment, reports said.

After knocking on the door and announcing their presence, police waited about 10 minutes before kicking in the apartment door. They arrested a man later identified as Rivera, bleeding from the face as he stepped from a bathroom.

Police said the vehicle Rivera drove belonged to a woman who also was in the apartment.

Rivera first was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center for treatment but later was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was discharged Friday, according to a nursing supervisor.