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MAHONING COUNTY Man facing trial is indicted on 19 additional charges



Published: Sat, August 6, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Aczel surrendered to authorities a few days after the chase.

YOUNGSTOWN -- A Beaver Township man already facing a trial on drug trafficking charges has been indicted again, this time on 19 charges stemming from a two-county chase from police authorities in July.

A county grand jury this week indicted Christopher Aczel, 33, of West Calla Road, on three counts of breaking and entering, three counts of theft of drugs, four counts of drug possession, three counts of felonious assault on a police officer, and one count each of receiving stolen property, possession of criminal tools, illegal cultivation of drugs, failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, aggravated robbery and escape.

The indictment alleges Aczel committed the crimes in March, April and July. Authorities also allege that on July 20, he attempted to remove a weapon from a law enforcement officer and also tried to escape from detention. He is housed at the county jail on $1 million bond.

July 12 chase

Authorities say Aczel led police on a two-county chase July 12 during which a Jeep driven by Aczel rammed an unmarked cruiser containing three officers at Tippecanoe Road and U.S. Route 62 in Canfield.

Officers had tried to serve a search warrant on Aczel for other charges. He pulled over and then sped away, police said. The pursuit led to a wooded area in Portage County, where Aczel abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot.

He surrendered to the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force at the Beaver Township Police Department a few days later without incident.

The felonies carry penalties ranging from six months in prison on the possession of criminal tools charge to 10 years in prison on charges of aggravated robbery, escape and felonious assault on a peace officer.

A county grand jury returned a secret indictment against Aczel on July 14 on several drug tracking charges. That case is assigned to Judge Maureen A. Sweeney, and the trial set for Aug. 24.

Aczel will be arraigned next week before Judge Sweeney on the new charges.




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