July 24, 2016

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Driver gets prison for high-speed chase

MEDINA — A 35-year-old Stow man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison for leading police on a chase reaching speeds of 110 mph.

Jason E. Tyndall pleaded guilty Sept. 12 to a count of failure to comply with the order of a police officer and tampering with evidence. The charges were third-degree felonies, punishable by up to three years in prison each.

Jason Tyndall

Tyndall was accused of speeding away from a Medina County sheriff’s deputy during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 71 on April 4 after the officer noticed a firearm on Tyndall’s passenger seat. Police reported that during the chase, Tyndall threw the gun out of his car window.

“You managed to take what probably would have been a first-degree misdemeanor and turned it into third-degree felonies,” Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler told Tyndall. “So that’s probably not looking good for you.”

Tyndall’s attorney, John Quillin, agreed with the judge that his client got himself into a more serious charge by driving away.

“If he could take it back, he would,” Quillin said.

County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi said Tyndall has a long criminal history — including drugs, assault, burglary and having weapons under disability. As a result of the violent nature of those convictions, Razavi said Tyndall was barred from having weapons at all.

Razavi asked the judge to lock Tyndall up for 2½ years, but Kimbler sent him there for a year less than Razavi requested.

“I know why the state is asking for 30 months, but I think 18 months is more just,” Kimbler said.

In addition to prison time, Tyndall will have his driver’s license suspended for three years.

Also in court Thursday, Zachary L. Jones, 33, of Wooster, pleaded not guilty to a charge of failure to comply.

Razavi said Jones also led police on a freeway chase reaching speeds of 110 mph. A trial date of Jan. 4 was set. Jones is being held in county jail on $50,000 bond.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.