A Youngstown man is facing felony charges for threatening to kill Boardman police officers and their families after they arrested him for his third drunk driving charge in the last 15 years.
Andre C. Long, 56, of E. Florida Avenue, was charged with third-degree felony intimidation of a public servant and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was cited for driving across marked lanes and is scheduled for an initial appearance and arraignment Tuesday in Mahoning County Boardman Area Court.
Long, according to reports, crashed into a vehicle at about 6 p.m. Friday on Midlothian Boulevard near Lake Park Road. No one was injured in the crash.
Officers reported Long’s breath smelled of alcohol. Reports said Long denied drinking but later told officers he had one beer, reports said.
Reports said once officers took Long back to the police station for booking, he repeatedly accused officers of being racist and corrupt. He also accused arresting officers of assaulting him the last time he was arrested.
Long, reports said, then threatened to get an AK-47 assault rifle and shoot officers. He asked officers where they lived several times, then said “somebody going to kill all your families,” reports said.
He later told officers “God would get (the officers,” reports said.
Records show Long has been charged two other times with OVI, including once in 1997 and another time in 2007, when he was also charged with intimidating public servants, resisting arrest and obstructing justice.
A county grand jury rejected felonious assault charges against Long in 1998. He was convicted of domestic violence in 1999 and possessing marijuana in 2009.