High-speed chase yields charges

NILES — The Columbiana man who is charged with taking police on a high speed chase through Trumbull County on Wednesday afternoon has been arrested, and also faces several charges from 2020 cases in which a warrant had been out for his arrest.

Sheldon Lee Robinson, 48, of Crestview Road, was charged with fleeing / eluding and receiving stolen property as a result of the chase in a stolen 2008 White Chevrolet Uplander. He was in Niles Municipal Court for these charges Thursday morning. Robinson did not enter a plea, was appointed a public defender and his bond was set at $250,000.

He will be back in Niles Municipal Court on Monday for a pretrial hearing.

Just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Niles police were made aware of a stolen vehicle near the Eastwood Mall. According to a police report, the driver of the vehicle fled and sped down U.S. Route 422 toward Warren and eventually made it onto state Route 11 north, where the car was traveling between 85 and 100 mph.

Several other police departments were notified and became involved, including Howland, Weathersfield, Liberty, Vienna and the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle exited state Route 11 onto state Route 5, where the police report notes the driver blew through several stop signs and almost hit a police vehicle head on. One police car tried to get in front of the vehicle to slow it down. The driver came to a stop on Ridge Road, just north of state Route 88 in Johnston Township.

The driver then got out of the car and ran into the woods. Several officers followed and arrested Robinson. Police found he has numerous active warrants for his arrest.

He appeared in Warren Municipal Court Thursday morning on charges of theft, tampering with evidence and multiple counts of possession of drugs, all felony charges from multiple incidents. He also has been charged with a DUI. Robinson was deemed a flight risk and a bond was not set for these charges. He will next be in Warren court on Sept. 29.


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