July 24, 2016

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Litchfield Twp. man arrested after police chase

BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. — A 20-year-old Litchfield Township man was arrested Friday after a police chase that ended with a damaged cruiser.

The chase began about 12:45 a.m. when a Brunswick Hills officer attempted to pull over the driver of a Chevrolet four-door sedan westbound on state Route 303 who was suspected of driving with license that had been suspended for driving while under the influence.

When the officer activated his overhead lights, the driver of the sedan sped away, according to reports.

“The officer observed a lot of movement inside the vehicle by the occupants and the passenger began throwing objects out of the window” said Brunswick Hills Police Chief Sharon MacKay.

After a chase of about eight miles, the sedan was southbound on Erhart Road when it slowed to a stop at Speith Road.

MacKay said the officer, believing the driver was preparing to “to bail out and run,” pulled his cruiser alongside sedan. The driver went into reverse and rammed the cruiser in the rear quarter panel.

The officer responded by repositioning the cruiser and the two vehicles collided a second time.

The driver, identified as Bandon J. Elder, of 4455 Vandermark Road, fled into a corn field, where he was arrested about 3 p.m. in a field west of Lester Road by Medina County Sheriff’s deputies and Medina police officers, according to reports.

A passenger in the car, Timothy G. Mowery, 23, also of Litchfield, was cited for having an open container of alcohol and littering.

Elder was taken to the Medina County Jail, where he is being held on charges of violating probation and failing to comply the orders of a police officer.

Additional charges stemming from the chase are expected to be filed after a review by the Medina County prosecutor, MacKay said.

MacKay said Elder also was wanted on five warrants. Brunswick Hills police had charged him with obstructing official business related to a prior fleeing incident and he was wanted by the Medina County Sheriff, accused of a liquor violation.

In Portage County, he was accused of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. In Summit County, Akron police had charged him with obstructing police business.

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