LORAIN, Ohio – The suspected driver of a fatal hit-and-run accident involving a Cleveland police officer was arrested Tuesday.

Earlier in the day LET reported that Cleveland police were searching for the driver of a car that struck one of their officers as he laid flares at another collision.

Fatal Hit and Run Collision

The hit and run occurred at the Warren Road exit. It occurred just after a portion of the highway was closed when a fire truck was struck by a van at Hilliard Boulevard. The fire truck had been responding to a minor single car collision at the time.

Police say Officer David Fahey was setting up flares for the fire truck accident when he was hit.

Follow-up Investigation

Officers reportedly found a car fitting the description of the suspect’s car. It was located at East 31st Street and Broadway Ave in Lorain several hours after the collision Tuesday morning. Cleveland and Lorain police along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol were at the scene, reported Fox 8.


Driver Identified and Arrested

Israel Alvarez, 44, (pictured) was identified as the suspect and later arrested.

According to a statement from Cleveland police, Alvarez was taken into custody at a home on East 31st Street shortly before noon. He was booked on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and felony hit and run.

The suspect was taken into custody using the handcuffs that had belonged to Fahey, said Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis.

Driver Has Extensive Criminal History

Alvarez has a lengthy record dating back to the early 1990s, reported The Chronicle.

In 1994, Alvarez pled guilty to drug trafficking and was sentenced to prison. In 1999 he pled guilty to possession of drugs and was sentenced to community control.

In 2000, he pled guilty to attempted possession of drugs and sentenced to six months in jail.

In 2004, he pled guilty to receiving stolen property and racked up more jail time.

In 2012, he pled guilty to felony non-support of a minor with more than $25,000 in owed child support. That same year he pled guilty to receiving stolen property and obstructing official business. He was sentenced to two years of community control.

Most recently in 2015, he pled guilty to trafficking in heroin. He was sentenced to community control that is to run until August.

There are also a number of misdemeanor charges in Lorain Municipal Court and Elyria Municipal Court, according to The Chronicle.

(Photo courtesy Cleveland Police Department)