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Driver deliberately crashed into Ohio sports bar, patron says

Patron: Crash into sports bar was intentional
Posted at 6:51 AM, Apr 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-22 10:43:06-04

LOVELAND, Ohio -- Someone drove through the wall of a sports bar near Cincinnati early Sunday after a fight, according to another patron.

The vehicle, a Kia Optima, crashed through a fence, across a patio and into the side of Zappz Sports Bar and Grille in Loveland, Ohio at about 2:30 a.m.

Blake Freeman, who was at the bar, said the driver smashed into the building on purpose after being kicked out. Freeman said he arrived moments after that.

"I was standing there 30 minutes prior to this happening. I had left to go to a friend's house real quick, and as I'm coming back, pulling back in, he was going through the building and that's just kind of when I went in and started helping everybody," Freeman said.

 

He also said the driver got out of the vehicle and started swinging at people.

Loveland police have not yet confirmed Freeman's account.

At least two people were injured, although Freeman and another patron said they believed there were at least five victims.

The Loveland Symmes Fire Department confirmed one person was taken away in a medical helicopter, while another went to an emergency room in an ambulance. Freeman said the driver was the person taken in the helicopter.

There's no word yet on how seriously the others were injured.