Driver slams into Boardman Burger King after police approach him


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Boardman Police say a 21-year-old man, who they believe was under the influence of drugs, slammed his car into a Burger King and then hit a police vehicle.

Officers responded to a call about a man who was passed out in a car in the parking lot of a laundromat at Hillman Street and Midlothian Boulevard.

When they approached the vehicle and knocked on the window, the man looked up and saw them.

Police say he then put the car into gear and floored it over a curb, across Hillman and into the Burger King building. As he backed out of the crash, he hit a police SUV.

An officer had to punch out one of the vehicle’s windows to shut the car off and pull the man out.

Police found a syringe in the car and believe the driver was using some sort of drug.

“On the passenger’s seat, there was a syringe. We don’t know the contents of that syringe at this time,” said Lt. Stephen Riwniak.

They say he didn’t seem severely injured, but do not know his current condition.

He was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth’s. Police are sending a crew there to interview and arrest him. They say he will face several charges.

Youngstown Police also came to assist, along with a state trooper. There were ten patrol cars, three fire trucks and one ambulance on the scene.

Two Boardman police officers were taken to the hospital for minor injuries. The door to the Burger King that the driver crashed into, which is right by the kids’ play area, is closed.

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