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Champion man going to prison for pursuit

WARREN — A Champion man who led authorities on a chase, with speeds reaching more than 100 mph, received a nine-month prison term Thursday.

Sidney L. McMahan III, 28, of 60001 Mahoning Ave. NW, pleaded guilty Sept. 17 to a charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald J. Rice refused to accept the defendant’s pleas for probation.

“I apologize to the police, the court and my family for a stupid act,” McMahan said before sentencing, noting that he is a dedicated father.

Rice, in pointing to McMahan’s three previous trips to prison, said the defendant was not a candidate for probation, saying he had a high risk for recidivism.

“You’ve made a lot of bad choices in your life,” Rice said to McMahan. “There has to be some point in time where you have to accept responsibility for your actions.”

According to Trumbull County 911 reports, the pursuit started shortly after 2 a.m. at Clearview Drive and Mahoning Avenue NW in Champion. McMahan’s pickup truck crashed at the corner of Oak Hill Drive and Prentice Road NW. The driver fled on foot but was placed in custody about two minutes later by state highway patrol troopers.

Rice also suspended McMahan’s driver’s license for three years.

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