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YSU officer dragged during chase



Published: Tue, December 20, 2011 @ 8:38 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A Youngstown State University police officer was taken to the hospital this evening after being dragged about 30 feet by a vehicle.

YSU spokesman Ron Cole said Officer Dan Farinelli saw the driver of a Jeep vehicle go through a stop sign without stopping heading east on Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street on campus about 5 p.m.

The officer put on his lights, stopped the vehicle and walked to the driver’s window, Cole said.

Farinelli noticed a temporary license plate on the car that had expired in May and asked driver for his license and registration. The driver said he had no brakes on the car, and he tried to leave the vehicle. Farinelli told him to stay in the car, Cole said.

The driver then grabbed onto the officer’s sweater vest began to drive, dragging him about 30 feet. Cole said Farinelli rolled away from the car and he and a second officer that had a arrived chased the Jeep, which traveled on Wick Avenue through downtown across the Market Street bridge to Interstate 680.

At about the Connecticut Avenue/Belle Vista exit on I-680 on the West Side, the Jeep’s driver rammed into one of the cruisers twice before coming to a stop, Cole said.

An ambulance was called and the driver and Farinelli were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center. Neither appear to have serious injuries, and charges are pending against the Jeep driver on consultation with the city prosecutor, Cole said.

Two children passengers in the Jeep were not injured, Cole added.


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1Askmeificare(700 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Officer Dan Farinelli.

God speed to good health.

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2bmanresident(597 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

This has been one crazy week for the thugs. I can't wait until the holidays are over!

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3Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

What a useless piece of trash this idiot is. Not only does this stupid animal does that to Officer Farinelli but puts other innocent people at risk and the CHILDREN because the filthy cockroach got pulled over. To bad his injuries weren't fatal. No use in Society for human trash like this.

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4doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

The temporary tag had expired in May. How in the world has this loser been driving without being caught till now?

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5binx(81 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Gee, I wish my parents would have taught me how to act as an adult as this fine citizen has done. And the best thing, people like this continue to procreate! Prayers to the YSU officer and his family during this holiday season... you were just doing your job.

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6DwightK(1250 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I see stories like this and I'm amazed by the logic of the criminals. Your tags (and probably your license) are expired so you grab a cop, drag him and then ram a cruiser, twice, with two kids in the car? Who does that?

Hope the officer is okay. Dealing with Youngstown thuggery can certainly be a dangerous business.

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7spirit76(19 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I seem to remember a similar situation in Texas where the officer was dragged because his arm got rolled up in the window. He shot the foolish driver fearing his life was in danger, killing him. Children were in the car as well as a cache of drugs. This should have been the same outcome.

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8kensgirl(590 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank God Officer Farinelli wasn't killed. This is why I get so angry with people who criticize the police. This happened to a Y.S.U. policeman - can you imagine what Youngstown Police have to deal with??? Half of what happens doesn't even make the papers. Please cut our protectors a break. And increase their hazardous duty pay!

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9yng00128(67 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

police should have authority to shoot and kill thugs like this.....however it will become a racial issue. so tired of the race card.. shape up black community!!!!!!

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10Bplus(103 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

yng00128 -"shape up black community!!!!!!"

Extremely wishful thinking :)

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11Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

"Why should they care about following society's rules when society doesn't care about the quality of life in the ghettos the poor young are being raised in? "

And who's fault is that? Maybe if the dad was'nt in prison and the mom would get off her butt and actually work then they wouldn't be raised in the ghettos. Every single person on this planet has a chance to better themselves but they have to want to, no one else.

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12kensgirl(590 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I agree with you Lifes2Short. Life breaks everyone. It's getting up and going on with your life that counts There's free healthcare and free education out there. Use it. It's more than my dad and countless other Depression kids had. And they went on to become The Greatest Generation! Their successes can never be rivaled.

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