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Father of TPD officer injured in crash speaks out

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Two Toledo police officers were seriously injured in a police chase they weren't involved in. Tonight Officer Todd Mikolajczyk and Officer Jeron Ellis have both been released from the hospital and are at home recovering. Meanwhile, Officer Ellis' father is speaking out about his son's injuries.

"It's going to take time for him to walk and recover," he says.
 
It could be two months before Officer Ellis hits the streets. He and his partner, Officer Todd Mikolajczyk, suffered serious injuries in a chase that didn't involve them. Ellis' father says his son has a broken sternum and can barely move his left hand.

"He's got cracked ribs. his legs hurt. he's got bruises on his legs," he says.

Last week, an Ohio State trooper saw Matthew Hartford speeding on Miami Street near I-75. When the trooper tried to pull him over, Hartford refused to stop. The trooper called off the chase, but police say the suspect ran a stop sign and crashed into a TPD patrol car. Officers arrested and charged Hartford. Ellis and Mikolajczyk were never even alerted that a chase was in progress.
   
"Whatever area it was in, all of our bulletins should have went out, that's my thought. It should have happened immediately. Anybody in that surrounding area, not just my son and Todd's car," says Mr. Ellis.

TPD's police chief says the trooper notified dispatchers, who attempted to alert all officers, but it was too late.  Ellis' father recalled the moment he got the call his son was hurt.

"I went to prayer right away, immediately," he says. 

The suspect's truck flipped over, and the police cruiser was mangled in the crash. One of the Toledo firefighters who responded happened to be Officer Ellis' uncle.

"He was working on, I guess, the other police officer, and the guy saw the badge. He said 'Hey man, this badge says Ellis,' and Eric came around and said 'That's my nephew,'" says Mr. Ellis.

Officer Ellis and his partner were unconscious as they were taken to local hospital.

"I anointed his head with oil and prayed over him and I watched the Lord move," says Mr. Ellis.  

Officer Ellis is also in the military. His condition has improved from serious to stable. The hospital released him over the weekend.

"From the wreckage and what my brother told me, he should have been dead. Look how he's back on his feet," says Mr. Ellis.
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