Police chase ends in crash

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A high-speed chase in Youngstown Tuesday night ended in a crash and guns drawn by police.

The chase started about 8 p.m. on South Avenue near Midlothian Boulevard and ended about 2 miles later at the intersection of Williamson Avenue.  The driver sheared off one telephone pole during the chase, but came to a stop when he wrapped around a second pole.

According to police reports, an officer in an unmarked police vehicle observed a Buick LaSabre, driven by Demetrius Gordon, run a red light at South Avenue and Judson. The officer attempted a traffic stop and Gordon sped off, leading a chase on East Judson and Marmion Avenues before returning to South Avenue, reaching speeds up to 90 miles per hour.

Gordon and a passenger exited the vehicle and were held at gunpoint by officers responding to the chase.

The passenger was released at the scene and taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Reports indicate Gordon had an active warrant for trafficking in cocaine.

Gordon was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he was treated for a broken arm. He was then taken to the Mahoning County Jail and charged with failure to comply with the order of a police signal, along with other traffic violations.

Gordon appeared in Youngstown Municipal Court on Wednesday. Bond was set at $50,000.


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