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Police catch man after hot pursuit



Published: Wed, July 6, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



AUSTINTOWN -- A 21-year-old Youngstown man led police on a chase early Monday that started on South Raccoon Road and ended in a Rhode Island Drive apartment.

Police stopped a red Oldsmobile driven by Stephen D. Goncalves of Ferndale Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. at Trustees Park. The officer asked for his operator's license, and the car sped off through the lot behind Fitch High School.

Police followed as the car traveled along several streets, backing into a car parked in a carport at Rhode Island.

He got out of the car and fled on foot into one of the apartment buildings, into a second floor apartment and one of its rooms where he closed the door.

Police kicked the door in as Goncalves jumped out a window and was caught.

He told police that he ran because his driver's license is suspended.

Goncalves was charged with misdemeanor counts of fleeing and eluding, hit/skip on private property, driving under suspension and resisting arrest.

Eric D. Long, 20, of Rhode Island, whose apartment Goncalves fled into, was charged with obstruction, a misdemeanor. He initially told police that he didn't know Goncalves but later acknowledged the man called him as police were chasing him and told him to be ready when he arrived.




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