Police Chase, 1970s

A car chase that began in the Solon Metro Parks quickly made its way into Twinsburg, as Metro Parks and Solon police pursued a vehicle driven by Erwin Hawkins of Cleveland after he resisted arrest for an unspecified crime. Upon entering the city, Twinsburg police, as well as officers from Boston Heights, Hudson, Macedonia, Oakwood and Reminderville, joined in pursuit of the fleeing fugitive. Hawkins car careened dangerously through the streets of Twinsburg. He was desperately attempting to reach his sister’s residence at Whitewood Apartments off Ravenna Road. But in the parking lot of the apartment complex police cars surrounded him, thwarting his escape.

He may have been cornered but he refused to cower.  Hawkins took hold of a tire iron and proceeded to swing wildly at the officers. During the course of his onslaught, Hawkins caused considerable damage to the patrol car of Twinsburg officer Joe Jasany—beating out the windows and headlights. In the meantime, a crowd of onlookers had gathered, preventing the police from retaliating with gunfire. Officers were forced to hold fire lest innocent bystanders could have become accidental casualties.

Finally, Chief Donald Prange decided desperate measures needed to be used. Prange called the Twinsburg Fire Department, asking for assistance. Engine seven, equipped with five firefighters, swiftly arrived to the sight of the standoff. The firefighters readied their hoses, aiming at their target, moments away from spraying a fierce flood of water at Mr. Hawkins. Seeing there was simply no defense against the inch and half hose, Hawkins dropped his tire iron and forfeited his freedom, though once placed in a police cruiser he proceeded to attempt to kick out the windows. Officers transported Hawkins to Twinsburg jail, whereupon he continued to violently resist arrest. During the ensuing struggle a Macedoniapolice officers hand got jammed in the frame of the jail door, breaking four of his fingers.

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