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Vienna fugitive arrested at Home Depot

WARREN — The driver of a white van that led Vienna and Warren police on a chase through the township and the city on Monday was arrested Wednesday afternoon while at the Home Depot, 1900 Niles Cortland Road SE, according to police.

Timothy J. Lambert, 54, 803 Youngstown Kingsville Road, pleaded not guilty to charges of felonious assault and failure to comply with a police officer during a jail arraignment before Warren Municipal Court Judge Terry Ivanchak on Thursday. He also pleaded not guilty to a charge of drug possession initially filed in October, court records show.

Lambert is being held without bond at the Trumbull County Jail.

The white 2013 Ford van was found in the Home Depot parking lot in Howland with a man inside of it. With the help of the Howland and Niles police departments, the vehicle was surrounded and searched.

According to the police report, Lambert on Monday led Vienna police officer Micheal Platt on a chase that began in the township and traveled through Warren before being called off in Niles.

Platt attempted to stop Lambert after determining he had a warrant for his arrest based on the drug possession charge, according to a police report.

The van traveled out of Vienna and into Warren, where the Vienna police cruiser was joined by a Warren police car that was in a parking lot on East Market Street at Genesee Avenue NE when the two vehicles passed it, according to a Warren police report.

As the van traveled north on Logan Avenue NE, the driver attempted to turn east on High Street, but because of his speed had to come to a complete stop, according to the report.

When Platt attempted to get in front of the van, the driver of the van turned right and struck the left side of Platt’s cruiser, according to the report.

The van’s driver then traveled east on High Street, according to the report. Both the Warren officer and Platt broke off their chases after the suspect drove into Niles.

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