AUSTINTOWN — A high-speed chase turned foot chase put a 45-year-old Youngstown man in the hospital early this morning.
Deometeric C. Brown told police he fled at speeds as high as 65 mph through Austintown and Youngstown because his licence was suspended. According to police reports he was driving under five suspension and two warrants, when police attempted to pull him over for an insecure front license plate at 2:30 a.m on Burkey Road.
Brown fled police down Burkey Road to Meridian Road. The five-minute chase continued onto Bears Den Road, finally ending at a dead end on West Avenue. There Brown abandon his car and fled toward the Mahoning River, police reports say. In the process, Brown injured himself climbing a razor-wire-topped fence. Police said they found him climbing up the bank of the Mahoning River bleeding from his head, arms, chest and hands.
He was arrested through a combined effort from Austintown and Youngstown police and taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment. Health center officials said he was still in the emergency room at 11 a.m. today.