Escapee in court

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The man who escaped from the back of a police cruiser on Thursday in Youngstown after being arrested on his third drunken driving charge entered no plea Friday at his initial appearance.

Eric Stanislaw, 44, of New Springfield, was charged with drunken driving, escape, vandalism and theft.

Bond was set at $2,500.

Police arrested Stanislaw on his third drunken driving charge at about 1 a.m. Thursday and were driving him to the Mahoning County Jail when he laid down in the back of the cruiser, kicked the window off its track, pulled the window down, reached out and opened the door from the outside.

He fled and lost police in a foot chase when he ran into a wooded area at the end of a dead-end road near East Boardman Street.

Reports say officers were tailing Stanislaw on South Avenue in Beaver Township when they saw him swerve left of center and right of the white fog lines several times.

Stanislaw yelled at the officer and blew smoke at him through his window after they pulled him over, reports say. Stanislaw had slurred speech, glassy and red eyes and smelled of alcohol, reports say.

He told police he had a few drinks at his girlfriend’s house earlier in the night then “asked what the big deal was,” reports say.

Stanislaw failed field sobriety tests and yelled at officers. He tested at a 0.202 blood-alcohol content, reports say. Officers noted he continued yelling and wearing at police while being booked.

Reports say he tried to take his handcuffs off and slammed his wrists on the bench in an attempt to break the cuffs, reports say.

Police then started driving Stanislaw to jail at about 3 a.m. Reports say he swore at officers, threaten to beat them up and kicked at the cage in the cruiser. When officers approached a red light at South Avenue and Federal Plaza East in Youngstown, Stanislaw asked officers if they were going to drive through the red light.

Reports say when they said no, Stanislaw kicked the windows, opened the door from the outside and ran. Officers mistook a homeless man sleeping in the bushes near Edison Financial Credit Union for Stanislaw then spotted him running along a across East Boardman Street and into a wooded area.

Stanislaw eventually turned himself into police with his attorney, John Juhasz. In addition to the OVI charge, Stanislaw also is facing charges of escape and vandalism for damage to the patrol car.

Stanislaw, according to a search of county court records, is facing a separate case of obstructing official business in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. That trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 30.

He was also sentenced to 180 days in jail after he was convicted of aggravated trespassing, a charge amended from breaking and entering.

Stanislaw also has a suppression hearing scheduled for Tuesday on a drunken driving charge in Struthers Municipal Court. He was also charged with drunken driving in 1997, according to Struthers Municipal Court records.

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