Road rage incident results in charges

CHAMPION — A Warren man was arrested by Trumbull County Sheriff’s deputies after suspected drugs were found in his vehicle that was suspected of being involved in a road rage incident across several county roads after midnight Tuesday.

Christopher Baker, 44, of Garden Street NW, faces charges of driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia plus additional charges if the suspected methamphetamine tests positive, according to a sheriff’s report.

Deputies were sent to investigate a possible road rage around midnight when two vehicles were spotted on U.S. Route 422 northbound speeding. During the course of the chase, the vehicles traveled on multiple roads in the Warren Township, Southington and Champion areas with deputies, Champion police and Ohio State Highway Patrol cruisers in pursuit.

The vehicles involved were a tan Buick Rendezvous and a white GMC Yukon, whose driver had called authorities informing them of the incident. The report accused the Buick of trying to run the Yukon off the road, with the Yukon being sideswiped.

Officers pulled over the vehicles at Bristol-Champion Townline Road and Oakhill Drive, the report states.

Upon searching the Buick, authorities found a small plastic bag with a crystal-like substance inside. There also was a broken glass-smoking device and off-white residue inside. A digital scale with residue was also found inside the glove box, the report states.

Baker, who was taken into custody at 1:57 a.m., pleaded not guilty to three previous drug possession charges and will appear for hearing in that case on Oct. 14 in Warren Municipal Court, court records show.


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