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MANSFIELD -- Four stolen guns, a television and an IPad were all seized after local authorities were called to a burglary that led to a high-speed chase and ended in an injury accident.

All occupants were transported to OhioHealth for medical treatment, authorities stated. No deputies were injured or involved in any crash.

According to the Richland County Sheriff's Office, a burglary in progress was reported occurring at 3026 Hastings-Newville road Friday at 12:45 p.m. A description of the subject was given, who was observed carrying a television from the residence and entering a black 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, then heading north on Hastings-Newville Road.

A press release states that a deputy responding to the area observed the car on Washington North Road at Sandy Lane. The vehicle fled from the deputy as he was turning around to stop it. As additional deputies responded to the area, various sightings of the vehicle were made, however, deputies were unable to catch up or get near the vehicle due to it fleeing at a high rate of speed.

Authorities said that at 12:59 p.m., a deputy then spotted the suspect vehicle on Mansfield Lucas road then turning onto Davidson Street where the deputy observed the vehicle go off the right side of the roadway as it approached the hillcrest. Once the deputy went over the hillcrest, he observed that the suspect vehicle had crashed into another vehicle.

Mansfield Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are handling the traffic crash investigation.

Mansfield Police Chief Keith Porch said the appropriate charges will be forwarded to the Richland County Prosecutor's Office after the investigation is completed. The Richland County Sheriff's Office stated that the Major Crimes Unit will continue to investigate.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact Lt. Robert Skropits at 419-755-9755 with any information.

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