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Reports: Man attempts to drive into Olentangy River after shooting

Andrew Holleran / Photo editor

A car was left straddling the edge of the Olentangy River Friday after a man attempted to drive his vehicle into it after a chase with police.

The man reportedly shot his girlfriend near a Columbus Fire Division firehouse. After fleeing the scene, the man was followed by police before he drove down the Olentangy Trail just north of the Lane Avenue bridge and attempted to drive into the river, according to a police officer on scene.

One police officer called it a suicide attempt.

Police said the driver had been taken into custody Friday afternoon, but there is no available police report at this time.

Ali Hassan, a 29-year-old Columbus resident, said he could hear the car from where he was standing near the Riverwatch Tower apartment building.

Hassan said he saw roughly 20 police officers on the scene.

Hours later, the car remained on the edge of the river. A tow truck called to the scene was unable to lift it around 6 p.m. The vehicle was lifted by a second tow truck at approximately 7:25 p.m. Friday.

The driver’s name was not immediately available Friday afternoon, and the Columbus Division of Police did not immediately return requests for comment.


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