This was small potatoes compared to the revelry and mayhem in Philadelphia Feb. 4, but the cruiser's damage in Cleveland was nevertheless considered extensive and beyond repair. Two people were arrested.
But the story has a happy ending.
As originally reported by Fox 8, Max Hayes High School teacher Greg Boykin saw the busted cruiser on the news that June night and saw a potential project for his students. Max Hayes, formerly a vocational high school, now gives students opportunities to learn high-tech skills in the fields of construction, engineering, manufacturing and mechanics.
Boykin approached the city about letting his auto body students try their hand at repairing the damaged vehicle.
For the past year and a half, students have been working on a complete refurbishing effort: sanding, painting and buffing the exterior and replacing its roof, hood and side panels. Fox 8 reported that materials were donated by Sherwin Williams, Safelite Auto Glass, Meguiar’s, Dollar Bank and United Sales.
And recently, the students completed the repair and returned it to the Cleveland Police. It'll reportedly be put back into service as a zone car.
The city's Division of Motor Vehicle Maintenance Commissioner Jeff Brown was ecstatic. He'd pegged the vehicle as totaled and said the city had planned to scrap it for parts, and that the Max Hayes students' work saved the city about $10,000.
“It's absolutely fantastic,” he said.