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Chase leads to drug conviction, prison for man

WARREN — A Warren man who was a passenger in a car that fled Weathersfield police, and led to a chase ending in a Howland crash in August, was given a prison term after admitting to possessing methamphetamine during the incident.

Brandon Binion, 31, of 2234 Evergreen Ave., was given four to six years after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs. Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice also ordered the defendant to forfeit $640 in cash.

Binon was found in possession of 20.4 grams of methamphetamine and the $640. He was a passenger in a car driven by Amanda Rederick that crashed Aug. 7 at state Route 46 and Dawson Drive in Howland, according to police reports.

Rederick was accused of leading police on a chase through Weathersfield and Howland townships, after a Weathersfield police officer started following the woman’s vehicle on Robbins Avenue because of a loud exhaust.

The chase ended when Rederick’s vehicle side-swiped another car near the Eastwood Mall. Two people in the other vehicle had to be treated for minor injuries, the report states.

Court records show Rederick, 29, of 1611 Morris Place, Niles, pleaded guilty Oct. 23 on a charge of failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer.

Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay has ordered a background check on Rederick prior to sentencing. The woman faces a possible maximum three-year sentence.

The plea on Thursday headed off a scheduled Dec. 2 trial.

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