COLUMBUS (WCMH)– Sunbury Police say they were pursuing a suspect vehicle when it crashed near the Hudson Street exit.
Police say they originally confronted a man who was vandalizing a Sunbury Kroger Fuel Center by cutting locks off of their outdoor cages.
Officers say when they confronted him, he fled and refused to stop. Sunbury Police pursued him and were joined by Highway Patrol.
Once he got into Columbus, the suspect began to exit and re-enter I-71.
Spikes were laid down by police and the suspect ran over them at the Weber Road exit. He then continued onto I-71 south until the Hudson Street exit where he exited onto Silver Drive.
The suspect, later identified as Antonio Chandler, 38, then lost control of the van he was driving and rolled down the embankment back onto I-71.
Chandler had to be extracted from the vehicle by medics and was taken to Grant Medical Center in serious condition.
I-71 southbound and part of Silver Drive were closed at Hudson Street while the scene was cleared. They have since reopened.
Police continue to investigate.