Man who ran from cop pleads guilty


By Joe Gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Judge Lou D’Apolito told a man before him Wednesday that he will be doing some time somewhere – the question is, how much.

Robert Anderson, 38, of Hubbard, was in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court pleading guilty to charges he had drugs on him when he ran from a traffic stop in February. Anderson was getting set to plead guilty to a fifth-degree felony charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony charge of obstructing official business and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

The charges stem from a Feb. 17 traffic stop on the South Side. Reports said Anderson ran from a car he was a passenger in and was chased through several yards. An officer fired from his electronic stun weapon but one of the prongs would not penetrate his coat, reports said.

Eventually, the officer tackled Anderson, and the pair struggled. At one point, Anderson had the officer in a headlock before other officers arrived and he was able to be handcuffed. Police found 10 pills and a crack pipe on him. He threw up in a cruiser and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance, where reports said he told hospital staff he took pills and drank alcohol just before he was caught.

Prosecutors are recommending probation but with some time to be served in the Mahoning County jail. Judge D’Apolito said Anderson will serve some time. Sentencing will take place at a later date.

“You are going to serve some time somehow, somewhere, so you can learn your lesson,” Judge D’Apolito said.

Anderson said he had learned his lesson and is trying to turn his life around. Judge D’Apolito asked him why he ran.

“What made you think you could run and get away?” Judge D’Apolito asked him.

Anderson said he had a traffic warrant, was under the influence of alcohol and was not thinking right because he was having problems with his girlfriend.

“I wasn’t thinking correctly,” Anderson said.

Assistant Prosecutor Shawn Burns said he spoke with the officer who was involved and the officer approved of the plea agreement and wanted Anderson to do some jail time so he would think twice about running from the police again.

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