By Kalea Hall
A fake prescription led to the arrest of four men in Austintown after they fled from police Saturday.
Marcus Wilkins, 25, of West Judson Street, Youngstown, is charged with failure to comply with a police order and deception to obtain drugs.
He had a bench warrant for his arrest from Youngstown for failure to appear in court on traffic citations, driving under suspension and possession of drugs.
Eric Coffer, 27, of Hillman Way, Boardman, is charged with deception to obtain dangerous drugs and obstructing official business. Coffer also had a bench warrant for his arrest from Youngstown police for failure to appear on a driving-under-suspension charge.
Daniel Lindsey, 22, of Windsor Road, and Joseph Lumsden, 28, of North Maryland Avenue, Youngstown, are both charged with obstructing official business.
Police were sent to Walgreens Pharmacy on North Meridian Road just after 5 p.m. Saturday. Occupants of a vehicle in the drive-through of the pharmacy attempted to fill a fake prescription for oxycodone. When police arrived and attempted to stop the silver Impala in the drive-through, the driver, identified as Wilkins, put the car in reverse and drove off, according to a police report.
Police gave chase and were joined by additional officers. The car continued on to Wesley Avenue.
On Wesley, the driver got out of the still-moving car and fled between houses. Lindsey and Lumsden also fled the vehicle and ran between houses.
The officers chased the vehicle with Coffer still in the back seat and who attempted to flee, according to police.
Police pushed Coffer back into the vehicle at gunpoint and placed him under arrest. An officer was able to enter the vehicle and stop it.
Youngstown police and canine units helped locate the three other suspects, who were arrested.
Inside the vehicle, police found a digital scale with suspected marijuana residue. Police said Wilkins had $848.20 on him, and Lumsden had $3,950 in his possession.
Coffer has a preliminary hearing at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in area county court here. His bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety. He pleaded not guilty to obstructing official business at his arraignment Monday.
Wilkins pleaded not guilty to his failure-to-comply charge at his arraignment Monday. His pretrial on that charge and a preliminary hearing for deception to obtain drugs is at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. His bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety.
Lumsden and Lindsey were released from Mahoning County jail Monday on summonses to appear in court at 1 p.m. Jan. 27.