By Kevin Kelley
A 38-year-old Westlake man was hospitalized Thursday for injuries sustained after his car hit a fence and tree while being chased by police, Westlake police said. The man is suspected in the theft of items from an auto, police added.
Police said they observed Corey Schoenberger driving in and out of parking lots in the Crocker Road area around midnight March 7. After allegedly committing a number of traffic violations, Schoenberger was signaled to stop by a Westlake police officer. Schoenberger instead fled westbound on Clemens Road, then northbound on Bradley Road into Bay Village, police said. His car reportedly became airborne while crossing railroad tracks. At the intersection with Lake Road, he failed to negotiate a left turn and hit a fence and tree, police said. Schoenberger was transported to St. John Medical Center but has since been released. Police did not place him under arrest at the time.
A temporary license plate, reported stolen March 6 from an Elyria woman’s SUV, was found on the 1994 Ford SUV that Schoenberger was driving, police said. Items in that vehicle have tentatively been linked to a car break-in at a hotel in the area where the suspect was first spotted, said police, who obtained a search warrant in an effort to recover more stolen items from the vehicle.
Schoenberger was scheduled to appear in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Monday in connection with a complaint of failing to comply with police instructions, said Maria Russo, a spokeswoman for the county prosecutor’s office said. Westlake police said additional charges of receiving stolen property and fleeing may be presented by the prosecutor to a grand jury.