WARREN - A Jackson Street man city police said led them on a chase late Sunday night is due back in Warren Municipal Court on Monday for a preliminary hearing.
Warren police charged Irvin L. Dean Jr., 47, with drug possession, carrying a concealed weapon and failing to comply with a police officer - all felonies - and misdemeanor drug abuse / possible use after chasing him for close to 10 minutes and watching as he threw from the vehicle items later identified as a handgun and crack cocaine, reports state.
Dean was released from the Trumbull County Jail on Monday after posting $35,000 bond following his initial court appearance.
The chase, which at times reached speeds of 65 mph on residential streets, started after police saw a vehicle turn west onto West Market Street from Nevada Avenue about 10:40 p.m., according to a Warren police report. Police said the driver, later identified as Dean, made an improper turn into the right westbound lane of West Market Street.
Police attempted a traffic stop at Oregon Avenue, reports state. Dean pulled to the right, slowed down, then continued traveling west on West Market Street at an increased speed.
The vehicle turned south onto Martin Luther King Boulevard, and at one point swerved to the left side of the road near 300 Martin Luther King Blvd. when it appeared that something dropped from the driver's side door of the car.
Police said Dean sped east on Front Street, again swerving to the left side of the road, and threw a white object from the vehicle. Police said later review of the dash camera video showed an object bouncing near the roadway.
The car continued east on Front Street and turned north onto Raiders Pass, and attempted to turn south onto Southern Boulevard, but turned north as police approached him from the south. Instead, the vehicle made a quick turn west onto Randolph "and appeared to slow down from time to time looking for a place to exit the vehicle and run on foot," police reports state.
The car turned south onto Lovers Lane and slowed to a stop after another police cruiser became visible, the report states.
Police said they approached the vehicle at gunpoint and saw Dean raise his hands inside the vehicle, but could not determine whether he was armed. An officer ordered Dean out, but he did not leave the car.
The officer ordered Dean out of the vehicle a second time, opened the car door and continued ordering Dean from the vehicle. Police said Dean attempted to get out but was unable to disengage the seat belt, so the officer reached inside the car and watched Dean release the seat belt.
Dean exited the vehicle on his stomach with no weapon in apparent reach, the report states. He was cuffed and transported to the Trumbull County Jail.
After Dean's arrest, police returned to the area of Front Street to look for the items thrown from the vehicle. Police found a small plastic bag containing a white rocklike substance that field-tested positive as crack cocaine, the report states. A second small bag contained suspected marijuana, the report states.
Police also located a .380 Ruger semi-automatic handgun along Martin Luther King Boulevard, where it appeared Dean had dropped something from the vehicle. Police said the handgun had two scuff marks consistent with being dropped from a vehicle, and fit the holster Dean was wearing when he was arrested.
The gun was loaded with seven rounds of federal Hydro shock ammunition - six in the magazine and one in the round chamber, the report states.