Man charged after high-speed chase

AUSTINTOWN — A South Euclid man is due in court June 12 on various charges, including failure to comply, obstructing official business, tampering with evidence and driving under suspension, after leading Austintown police on a high-speed chase May 8.

Cortez D. Collins, 26, 1165 Avondale Road, South Euclid, was arraigned Monday in Mahoning County Court in Austintown, according to court records.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol informed Austintown police it was pursuing a black pickup truck on Interstate 80, but lost sight of the vehicle near Interstate 680 and Meridian Road, according to an Austintown police report.

The vehicle was observed by Austintown police on Beechcrest Drive, according to the report. The driver was making evasive moves, traveling across a front yard to go onto Willowcrest Drive, then crossing state Route 46 onto Notre Dame Avenue.

When an Austintown police officer attempted to make a traffic stop, the driver instead sped away on Vasser Avenue at speeds between 40 and 50 mph, making multiple turns on Purdue Avenue and then Tulane Avenue, according to the report. He drove off the right side of the road onto front lawns in the 5700 block of Tulane, nearly striking a vehicle that was backing out of a driveway.

Collins drove the truck about 70 feet into the woods, striking several trees before hitting a large tree trunk, severely damaging the vehicle and causing all of the vehicle’s airbags to deploy, the police report states.

He then ran from the vehicle, dropping various items on the ground, according to the report. After a foot chase, Collins was surrounded and captured by Taser point in the area near Heron’s Landing, according to the report.

He was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for treatment. Officers retraced the foot chase and found two medium-sized, knotted, clear plastic bags with a large amount of a white powdery substance inside.

The items were photographed and are expected to be sent to be analyzed.

Collins, according to the report, has multiple warrants out of the Cleveland area and is facing charges from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Austintown police.

Collins in July 2018 pleaded guilty to charges of tampering with evidence and felonious assault in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court in connection with a May 2017 incident in which an East Liverpool police officer was exposed to Fentanyl while searching a truck in which Collins and another man were stopped, according to police and court records.

He sought to have the pleas revoked in February, but that was denied on May 6, according to Columbiana court records.

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