October 25, 2014

Medina
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Teen faces charges following Sunday chase, accident

MEDINA TWP. — An attempted traffic stop turned into a pursuit and accident early Sunday.

A trooper was handling a traffic stop on Marks Road near Fenn Road at 1:57 a.m. Sunday when he saw a vehicle traveling south with its high beams on go left of center, according to Lt. Bill Haymaker of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Medina post.

The vehicle, a 2008 Pontiac G6, was driven by Johnathan Lorincz, 18, of Massillon, the lieutenant said.

Haymaker said the trooper finished his traffic stop and pursued the southbound Pontiac.

The trooper activated his overhead lights and siren, and the vehicle reportedly accelerated as a response, Haymaker said.

“The vehicle failed to stop and reached speeds of 90 miles per hour,” he said. “The vehicle made a quick movement to the right, and as a result, he went off the right side of the road and struck a telephone pole.”

Haymaker said the pursuit lasted about a mile.

Lorincz and his passenger, Anthony Fertal, 18, of Medina, were transported by ambulance to Medina General Hospital. Fertal later was taken by emergency helicopter from Medina, but to which hospital Haymaker didn’t know.

Haymaker said he believed Lorincz and Fertal were treated and released.

Area hospitals did not have information on the 18-year-olds.

Haymaker said charges are pending against Lorincz.

“Charges will be felony fleeing, aggravated vehicular assault, left of center and operating a vehicle while impaired,” he said.

Haymaker said alcohol lab results for Lorincz and Fertal are pending.

Contact Dani Orr at (330) 721-4049 or dorr@medina-gazette.com.