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Chase on US 422 ends in arrest of Akron man

SOUTHINGTON — An Akron man was arrested early Wednesday by Trumbull County Sheriff deputies after they said he led them on a chase along U.S. Route 422 and other county roads after not stopping for a minor traffic offense.

Douglas M. Baker, 52, was brought into custody on an out-of-county warrant, according to Trumbull County jail records.

Baker also is charged with resisting arrest and tampering with evidence, records show. That case will be arraigned Tuesday in Newton Falls Municipal Court.

According to a report, a sheriff’s cruiser was traveling behind a 2006 Cadillac on Warren Burton Road in Southington before 2 a.m. Wednesday. When the vehicle turned eastbound onto U.S. Route 422, it switched lanes without using a turning signal. The deputy reported the Cadillac was going about 40 mph and did not stop after his lights and sirens were activated, the report states.

The vehicle continued leading authorities onto Templeton Road going about 35 mph. The deputy, who called two other sheriff cruisers to help, also requested assistance from Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and Warren Township police.

As the Cadillac turned onto Eagle Creek Road, the deputy noticed the driver threw an unknown item out of the front passenger window. The object landed near a guardrail on the south side of the road.

The vehicle finally came to a slow stop, the report states, after pulling into the parking lot at LaBrae High School. The driver, later identified as Baker, complained about shoulder pain due to the handcuffs and said he needed a wheelchair.

During questioning, Baker told deputies he had just bought an ounce of methamphetamine, and he was trying to get rid of it by trying to throw it out the window. Baker told deputies he didn’t want to admit to littering.

In search of the man’s person, the report states deputies found a bag containing 32 blue pills suspected to be Alprazolam, which is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders; and $450 in cash.

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