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One TPD officer released from hospital, other remains in fair condition

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One Toledo police officer that was seriously injured in a crash Thursday has been released from the hospital.  The other officer injured in the crash remains in fair condition. 

Matthew Hartford was arrested and charged for the crash that caused serious injury to the officers early Thursday morning. Hartford has been charged with two counts of Felonious Assault, with other felony charges pending.

TPD identified the officers as 30-year-old Todd Mikolajczyk and 30-year-old Jeron Ellis. Both officers have been upgraded to fair condition.

Mikolajczyk is a three year veteran of the force, while Ellis was a recent graduate of the police academy.  Their injuries were described as "serious."

Both are assigned to the Central District station.  The crash happened after an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper began chasing a Jeep SUV traveling at a high rate of speed on Miami Street near I-75.

The driver of the Jeep continued driving along Greenwood Street and the trooper discontinued pursuit because of safety concerns in a residential area.  A short time later, the Jeep ran a stop sign at Greenwood and East Broadway and struck a police vehicle containing officers Mikolajczyk and Ellis.

Witnesses told 13abc the man driving the Jeep ran from the scene after the accident.  Police say they have detained a "person of interest" in the case.  Authorities have not released the person's name.  The Jeep involved in the crash ended up on its side.

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