T wo Toledo Police officers struck while driving on patrol in east Toledo early Thursday morning remain in serious but stable condition.
Police said that around 4:45 a.m., a suspect's Jeep slammed into a Toledo Police SUV with 30-year-old Todd Mikolajczyk and 30-year-old Jeron Ellis inside. Both officers are assigned to the Central District station.
According to police, an Ohio State Highway Patrol vehicle was in pursuit of a suspect's Jeep SUV at a high-rate of speed early Thursday morning on Miami Street near I-75. When the suspect turned onto a residential area along Greenwood Street, the trooper did not follow due to safety concerns. That's when the suspect's vehicle slammed into the passenger side of the police SUV at Greenwood and East Broadway.
The Toledo Police officers were not involved in the chase.
The suspect fled on foot immediately following the crash. The Jeep flipped onto its side, and officials said the suspect kicked out the sunroof of the vehicle before fleeing through it.
Thursday afternoon, Toledo Police announced the arrest of 28-year-old Matthew Hartford. He has been charged with two counts of felonious assault. Other felony and traffic charges are pending, according to police.
Officer Ellis is new to the police force having entered the police academy in October of 2013. Officer Mikolajczyk was the driver of the SUV. He has been with the Toledo Police Department since November 2011.