June 27, 2016

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Driver gets prison for crack-fueled chase

A Medina man will spend seven months in prison for leading police on a chase through Montville Township in November while high on crack cocaine.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler sentenced James R. Mathes, 40, of Bronson Street, to a year in prison with about five months of jail credit. Mathes had pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with the order or signal of police, punishable by up to three years in prison.

James Mathes

James Mathes

Mathes’ prison sentence, ordered April 21, is scheduled to end Nov. 18 at the Lorain Correctional Institution.

According to Medina police, Mathes was pulled over at South Court Street and Koons Avenue at about 9:40 p.m. Nov. 20 for not having a license plate light. Mathes, who had a warrant out for his arrest, drove off as the officer walked toward him.

Mathes led police into Montville Township at speeds exceeding 85 mph and stopped his vehicle near Ralph E. Waite Elementary School, where he fled on foot. A police dog tracked Mathes to a field, where he was lying face down in some brush.

Police said Mathes admitted to smoking crack cocaine, and a crack pipe was found in his vehicle.

In addition to his prison sentence, Mathes’ driver’s license was suspended for three years.

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.