By Joe Gorman
Police arrested two men in separate chases Wednesday afternoon after reports said they would not pull over for traffic stops on the Himrod Avenue Expressway.
About 1:30 p.m., officers working a speed detail tried to pull over an SUV driven by Donte Jabree Perry, 22, of Boardman, after it was recorded going 20 miles over the speed limit.
Reports said Perry failed to stop and drove away until he got to Albert Street and East High Avenue, where he was ordered out of his car and he complied.
As officers went to search his SUV and he was being walked back to a cruiser, Perry broke away and was chased on foot. He ran back to the expressway and tried to cross it before he was caught by police, reports said. After he was caught, he threw himself on the ground and resisted efforts to be handcuffed.
During a search of the vehicle, officers found $392 in cash, reports said.
Perry was taken to the Mahoning County jail on the charges of resisting arrest, driving under suspension, escape and failure to comply.
About 4:10 p.m., officers tried to pull over another SUV, driven by 22-year-old Eric Gilford of Youngstown, for speeding. Reports said the officers planned to pull it over at the westbound Wick Avenue exit, but the SUV would not stop and instead exited the freeway with officers following, at one point reaching speeds of up to 75 mph, reports said.
Reports said Gilford continued driving until he slowed down in front of a home in the 700 block of Hayman Street and he jumped out with the SUV still moving. An officer caught Gilford in the backyard of a nearby home as a passenger in the SUV reached across and managed to stop the SUV.
Inside the SUV, police found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun as well as a spare magazine, a small amount of marijuana in the ashtray and a digital scale. During a search of Gilford, they found $692 in cash, reports said.
Gilford was taken to the jail on charges of driving under suspension, being a felon in possession of a firearm, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, trafficking in drugs, obstructing official business and failure to comply.
The passenger was released by police at the scene and not charged, reports said.