A Cleveland man led local law enforcement officers on a wild chase from Saybrook Township to Conneaut on Sunday with speeds approaching 110 miles per hour, according to an Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department report.
Dayion Jeter, 25, was charged with failure to comply (a third-degree felony) as well as multiple misdemeanors including resisting arrest, improperly handling a firearm, improper turn signal use and driving under suspension.
A deputy noticed a barely visible license plate on the back of a car in Geneva Township and followed Jeter, who was not using his turn signal, the report states. He said he made a routine traffic stop near Ninevah Road in Saybrook Township and the motorist acted oddly.
“The male became extremely nervous and begged me not to tow his vehicle,” the deputy states in the report. He said he did a check on possible outstanding warrants and found two.
The warrants were from the Shaker Heights Police Department and included felony charges of domestic violence and child endangerment.
The deputy said Jeter grabbed his keys and took off eastbound on Route 20 from the Ninevah Road area in Saybrook Township. Jeter was driving in and out of traffic in a dangerous manner and reached speeds of close to 110 miles per hour the report states.
Ashtabula police officers assisted for awhile but dropped out of the high speed case and North Kingsville Police Department was asked to drop “spike sticks” in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the efforts were unsuccessful.
A similar attempt was made in Conneaut and again unsuccessful but as the road made a sharp turn near the Conneaut Dairy Queen Jeter lost control of the vehicle, hit a utility pole and flipped the car. He was able to run from the scene but was caught shortly after that. He was Tasered twice as he attempted to resist arrest, the report states.
A witness said they saw Jeter toss a gun out the window of the vehicle during the pursuit near the Highland Apartments on the west side of Conneaut on Route 20 and police were able to find the gun.
The report indicates Jeter was taken to the Ashtabula County Jail.