July 23, 2016

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Man with long drug history pleads guilty to fleeing authorities

MEDINA — A 45-year-old Hinckley Township man who’s accused of leading Medina County Drug Task Force agents on a chase in April changed his plea to guilty.

Clarence E. Powell Jr., of 1400 Crestview St., pleaded not guilty in May to a charge of failure to comply with the order of a police officer, a third-degree felony.

Clarence Powell

Clarence Powell

Powell had pleaded guilty to the charge before Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler, but the judge transferred Powell’s case because he had dealt with Powell in three previous criminal cases.

Powell’s case was transferred to Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier in December and Powell’s plea reverted to not guilty.

Powell has appeared in county common pleas court for 11 cases in two decades. Charges against him included trafficking and possession of cocaine and crack cocaine.

Following Powell’s change of plea Monday, Collier scheduled him for a March 10 sentencing hearing. Powell faces up to three years in prison.

In Kimbler’s court, county Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi said Powell drove away from drug task force agents when they attempted to stop his vehicle.

Prior to the hearing, Powell tested positive for cocaine and marijuana.

He’s being held without bail at the county jail.

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.