UPDATE: Man in High-Speed Pursuit to Face Charges

Charges include fleeing and eluding and drunken driving.

This story was originally published March 24.

Editor's note: There's some foul language briefly used in the dashcam video.

The 20-year-old Lakewood man charged with fleeing and eluding, and drunken driving — after leading on a high-speed 5-mile chase through the western suburbs last week — is set to appear in court.

Mark Olszewski, faces two first-degree misdemeanor charges, fleeing and eluding and drunken driving (and two minor minor misdemeanors) after he led police on a high-speed chase last Tuesday.

He's set to appear in  next Monday.

The entire chase was caught on a dashcam video in a Lakewood police cruiser.

According to Lakewood police chief Timothy Malley, the case began when officers attempted a routine traffic stop near the intersection of W. 117th Street and Berea Road.

With speeds reaching 60 mph, the man drove eratically through, Lakewood, Cleveland, Rocky River and Fairview Park.

Just before the Westgate Mall, officers set up "spike strips" in the road aimed at flattening the vehicle's tires.

It worked.

The chase ended on W. 210th Street in Fairview Park at around 5:15 a.m.

"Nobody was injured and (there was) no property damage," Malley said.

The original Bill March 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Why is he only charged with misdemeanors? I thought fleeing and eluding was a felony.
Loretta Bowlby March 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM
And, all the red lights that he ran!!!!!!
Keith April 01, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Fleeing and eluding is a misdemeanor or a felony. Not sure why this one would be charged as an M1 since he certainly qualifies under 2921.331 Failure to comply with order or signal of police officer as a felony. OVI (drunken driving as they put it) is an M1 (misdemeanor of the 1st degree)...then the 2 remaining minor misdemeanors were probably related to red lights and another traffic violation they chose to charge him with. No reason to charge him with multiple traffic violations since many times minor misdemeanors get tossed out during pleas. Also, you can only get points on one conviction deemed to occur at the same time. If he is convicted of the OVI and gets the 6 points for that....the red light convictions won't really matter and no points are assessed.


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