MADISON TOWNSHIP — A Lake County man faces a host of charges after fleeing police Tuesday night and dragging a Madison Township police officer on Bennett Road.
A warrant has been issued for the man accused of dragging the officer after he was detained for having an active felony warrant. The officer received non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The incident began with a 911 call to township police at about 8 p.m. Tuesday of a disturbance in the 1400 block of Bennett Road, according to police reports.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found a man sitting in a vehicle. They were told the man was wanted on a felony warrant.
As the officer was talking with the suspect through the driver’s side window, the suspect put the vehicle in drive and took off, dragging the officer through the yard, police said.
Township police pursued the vehicle for 10 minutes eastbound into Ashtabula County, but called off the chase at Geneva-on-the-Lake because of the high rate of speed and the number of residences in the area, according to police reports.
Police broadcasted the pursuit and officers from the Geneva, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ashtabula Police Department, Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol took up the chase.
In Saybrook Township, the driver of the vehicle bailed out on Sanborn Road after side-swiping an Ashtabula police cruiser, causing minor damage, Ashtabula Chief Robert Stell said.
The suspect got away, but Madison Township police said Wednesday afternoon they have positively identified him, according to police reports.