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A Youngstown man is in the Mahoning County Jail awaiting arraignment after leading police on a high-speed chase through Campbell and into Youngstown on Tuesday.
Devin D. Thompson, 20, of Duncan Lane, was charged Wednesday with fleeing and eluding, reckless operation and driving under suspension.
He is also being held in jail on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon and drug possession.
Thompson is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Campbell Municipal Court.
Thompson, reports say, led police on a high-speed police chase that nearly caused several accidents, crashed into a police cruiser and tried to reach for a gun when police approached his car until officers used a stun gun to control him.
Reports say officers tried to pull Thompson over about 8 p.m. Tuesday on Gladstone Street because he had an obstructed view from having too many air fresheners on his rear view mirror.
When they activated their lights and sirens, Thompson rolled through a stop sign at low speeds, then quickly accelerated onto Courtland Avenue, starting the chase.
He turned onto McCartney Road and nearly caused several accidents in heavy traffic. Police said they chased Thompson into Youngstown when Thompson slammed on his brakes.
An officer swerved to avoid striking Thompson’s car and pulled 2 feet ahead of Thompson’s back bumper. Thompson swerved into the police cruiser’s lane, striking the cruiser and causing Thompson’s car to spin.
Officers approached Thompson, who was reaching under his seat, reports said. They pulled him from the car through the broken driver’s side window and used two stun guns, one in his back and one in his leg, to keep him from resisting officers.
Police eventually found a loaded handgun under Thompson’s seat where he was reaching. The gun was reported stolen from Youngstown, reports say.
During the scrap, $2,779 in cash fell from Thompson’s pocket, reports say. Police also found 4 grams of suspected marijuana and a magazine loaded with ammunition inside Thompson’s car, reports say.