Chase, crash suspect in court

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A Youngstown man entered no plea Friday to charges that allege he led police on a high-speed chase through Campbell and into Youngstown on Tuesday.

Devin D. Thompson, 20, of Duncan Lane, entered no pleas in Campbell Municipal Court to fourth-degree felony charges of assaulting a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property. He pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of failing to comply with an officer’s order, possessing marijuana, resisting arrest, assaulting a police dog, and having drug paraphernalia.

He was also charged with several traffic citations. His bond was set at $38,000 and he is is due back in court on Sept. 6.

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.

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