Youngstown man gets 30 months
Convicted in chase that injured officers
WARREN — A Youngstown man was given a 30-month prison sentence Wednesday for his part in a police chase last fall that injured three law enforcement officers.
Geovanny Pastrana Davila, 36, of North Jackson Street, Youngstown, pleaded guilty to felony of failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, and having a firearm as a felon. Judge W. Wyatt McKay ordered Davila to serve consecutive sentences because of the seriousness of the offenses and the danger caused to the public.
Defense attorney David T. Rouzzo said his client is a native of Puerto Rico and speaks very little English, so Rouzzo told the judge he went over with Davila his constitutional rights before the change of plea hearing.
Davila had been in custody since the Oct. 13, 2020, incident in which an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper spotted a gold SUV driving erratically on state Route 11 in Gustavus Township. The southbound vehicle would not pull over for the trooper, and the report states the chase at times reached speeds of more than 70 mph.
The chase continued off the state Route 5 exit into the city of Cortland. During this time the patrol report states the SUV struck the cruiser three times. Cortland police had joined the chase, with reports saying the SUV was driving at times on the wrong side of the road and going through front yards on North High Street.
Authorities set up a roadblock in front of the Cortland Police station on North High Street. The gold SUV finally came to a stop 10 minutes after the initial sighting with Davila held at gunpoint, the report states.
A trooper was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries. Another report had two Cortland officers slightly injured but not hospitalized.
A search of the vehicle netted a loaded Taurus 9 mm handgun, which Davila forfeited as part of the plea bargain arrangement, court officials said.
Court records show Davila had a prior aggravated assault conviction, and prosecutors said the latest case against him was very strong, with much of the incident captured on dashcam video.