Man faces more charges

One cruiser slid into a yard during the chase.


YOUNGSTOWN — A Volney Road man who still has two years supervised release to do in a federal drug case is now accused of trying to run over a police officer.

Djuan Kimbrough, 31, was arraigned Monday in municipal court on charges of felonious assault on a police officer, aggravated menacing, failure to comply with a police order and resisting arrest. Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. set bond at $47,500 and preliminary and pretrial hearings for May 12.

Patrolman P.J. Chance stopped the 2008 Pontiac Kimbrough was driving late Saturday on the East Side and told the driver his license plates were expired. The officer told Kimbrough, who didn’t have his driver’s license on him, to step out of the car but Kimbrough mentioned his federal supervised release and refused, reports show.

Kimbrough accelerated in reverse toward Chance’s cruiser, and the officer ordered Kimbrough at gunpoint to stop. Instead, Kimbrough threw the car into drive and tried to run the officer over, reports show.

Chance jumped to the ground and rolled to avoid being hit and Kimbrough drove off at a high rate of speed, police said.

A police pursuit followed over several East Side streets, with Kimbrough driving on the wrong side of the road at times, despite oncoming traffic. Kimbrough’s driving caused Patrolman Josh Kelly to slide his cruiser into the front yard of a house in the 1300 block of Bennington Avenue.

Kimbrough jumped out in the driveway of 1310 Bennington and tried to run, but Chance tackled him.

Police said Kimbrough began swinging wildly and struck the officer in the chest, screaming expletives about not going back to federal prison. Kimbrough, once in custody with the assist of Patrolman Shakir Perkins, threatened Chance’s life, which added the menacing charge.

U.S. District Court records show Kimbrough was sentenced to five years in federal prison in 2001 for distributing crack cocaine. When released in 2006, he was placed on four years’ supervised released.

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