June 25, 2016

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Arrest warrant mistakenly issued for college student

Anna Merriman | The Gazette
ELYRIA — Michael Izzarelli was sitting down to dinner after a day of playing baseball at his college when he got a call from his mother that Elyria police had issued a warrant for his arrest back in his hometown, more than an hour away.

“I didn’t even get to finish my (dinner),” Izzarelli said, adding that he got in his car and drove home Wednesday to Elyria to tell police he was innocent.

Police say they mistakenly issued arrest warrants for Izzarelli, 18, and his friend Brandi Green, 19, following an incident Tuesday night.

About 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Elyria police Officers Jake Webber and Tom Orsik went to 310 East Ave. on a report that two people were in a car, possibly using drugs.

Officers found a woman in the driver’s seat and a man in the passenger’s seat, both of whom ignored police questions and requests to talk. When police asked the two to roll down their windows, the woman turned on the car and drove off, almost hitting Webber in the process, according to the police report.

When police ran the temporary tag numbers on the vehicle, the registration came back to Green. Because Green and Izzarelli were friends, Webber and Orsik assumed that they were the two people in the car and wrote arrest warrants for the teenagers, according to Elyria police Lt. William Pelko.

However Green had traded in the temporary tag weeks earlier for a permanent license plate.

When police were able to talk to Green and Izzarelli, they realized the two were not involved and took back the warrant Thursday evening.

In the meantime, Yates Fallon, 18, and Keith Stone, 20, were charged Thursday with obstruction of official business and resisting arrest for the Tuesday incident.

Contact reporter Anna Merriman at (440) 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.

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