Police: Man crashes car after trying to run down officer

James Michael May, via Columbus Division of Police

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police said a 34-year-old man drove into two police vehicles while trying to strike an officer in a police-involved shooting on Saturday.

Officers were patrolling near 4630 Tamarack Boulevard on reports of a suspicious vehicle believed to be involved in thefts in the area. When an officer attempted to approach the vehicle on foot, police said the vehicle suddenly accelerated towards him.

TAMARACK SHOOTINGSgt. Frank Wasko noticed the acceleration and quickly drove his cruiser forward, preventing the suspect vehicle from striking the officer according to police. The vehicle backed up and again drove towards the officer. Officials said Wasko exited his vehicle and shot at the suspect’s car, causing the driver to change direction and flee the area.

Officials said a plain-clothes unit pulled into the lot to assist when it was also struck by the suspect’s vehicle as it attempted to flee the lot. The vehicle crashed and the suspect was taken into custody.

The driver was identified as James May. He has been charged with felonious assault according to police. He was treated for a minor crash-related injury at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital.

Wasko is a 21-year veteran with the Columbus Division of Police. He is assigned to the patrol bureau.

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