City man charged after police chase
By John W. Goodwin Jr.
A 33-year-old Youngstown man who led police on a high-speed chase is in the hospital, and he faces several charges in two separate jurisdictions upon his release.
Police arrested Oneil Dean of Auburndale Avenue after he wrecked a stolen vehicle Monday while running from police on the South Side. He is in St. Elizabeth Health Center with unspecified injuries, but facing charges of receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest and drug paraphernalia in Youngstown.
Dean also will likely face charges in Boardman. The 2008 GMC Sierra pickup truck he was driving at the time of his arrest was reported stolen out of township Sunday.
Police spotted Dean behind the wheel of the truck at a gas station in the 3000 block of Market Street about 11:30 p.m. Monday and began following him. Officers say Dean make an illegal turn at Hilton and South avenues.
Officers tried to pull the truck over using emergency lights and sirens, but Neal reportedly sped away. Reports say Neal drove through a red light at South and Lucius avenues traveling about 65 miles per hour. He reportedly attempted to make a turn at Marmion Avenue but lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a pole and rolled over twice.
When officers reached the truck, Dean was trying to escape out of a shattered back window and would not obey officer commands to stop and place his hands behind his back. One officer reported that Dean was struck several times because he attempted to reach into his waistband while struggling with police.
Officers attempted to use a stinger gun on Dean, but his thick coat absorbed the effects of the weapon. Officers placed the stinger in an area not covered by the coat and Dean stopped fighting.
Police reports say a suspected crack pipe was found in Dean’s pockets.
Officers questioned Dean at the hospital and were reportedly told that Dean got the vehicle from another man and did not think it was stolen because it had the keys in the ignition. He said he ran from officers because he was scared.