September 19, 2014

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Standoff suspect has past with police

BRUNSWICK — A parolee was in serious condition at Southwest General Hospital on Sunday after police said he had a seizure while barricading himself inside his Brunswick home following a domestic dispute Friday afternoon.

A Brunswick police dispatcher said investigators are still unsure why 22-year-old Luke Pfeiler locked himself in his 3327 Valley Forge Drive home on Friday.

Luke Pfeiler

Luke Pfeiler

Pfeiler was released on parole from the Lorain Correctional Institution on March 12 after being convicted in January of failing to obey a police officer and vehicular assault, third-degree felonies, in relation to a May 23 police chase through Montville Township that ended with Pfeiler smashing his vehicle into a fellow motorist.

He also pleaded guilty to expelling a “bodily substance” at an officer at the jail.

His ex-girlfriend told police Pfeiler led the chase because he was trying to commit “suicide by cop.”

Pfeiler had been sentenced to nine months in prison but was credited with 7½ months he spent in jail awaiting trial.

At Friday’s standoff, police reported they negotiated with Pfeiler for almost two hours before he had the seizure.

Pfeiler was charged with domestic violence, a misdemeanor.

If Pfeiler is accused of violating parole, he could face up to six more months in prison.

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