Man assaults YPD officer, another runs from troopers

By Joe Gorman


A Salem man is facing a charge of first-degree felonious assault after reports Sunday said he kicked a police officer in the head and chest in a home in the 800 block of Marmion Avenue.

Daniel Elliot, 37, of Salem, is in the Mahoning County jail on $15,000 bond after his arraignment Monday in municipal court before Judge Carla Baldwin.

Police were called about 6 p.m. to the South Side home for a fight and reports said police were told Elliot was fighting people in the home.

Elliot was handcuffed but struggled with officers and kicked officer Fred Herdman in the head and chest.

Reports said Elliot told police he wanted to die and also threatened to kill officers.

Police decided to take Elliot to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital before taking him to the jail because of his mental state, but he resisted efforts by paramedics and police to place him on a gurney, reports said. He later had to be sedated by paramedics before he could be taken to the hospital.

At the hospital, he also assaulted hospital police and staff when he arrived, including trying to bite a nurse, reports said. Reports said the nurse declined to press charges against Elliot.

Also arraigned Monday on third-degree felony charges of fleeing and eluding and possession of drugs was Melvin Johnson, 26, who was arrested by city police after he led troopers from the Canfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol on a chase that lasted less than three minutes at speeds up to 75 miles per hour.

Reports said a trooper tried to pull over a car Johnson was driving about midnight Sunday on South Avenue near the Interstate 680 entrance ramp because it was going left of center.

But instead of stopping, Johnson led the trooper on a chase to East Indianola Avenue on the South Side. He lost control and hit a utility pole, then ran away in the below-zero cold.

He was caught about 10 minutes later by city police officers at Rush Boulevard and East LaClede Avenue.

When he was searched, reports said, he had a digital scale and $688 cash on him. Inside his car troopers found another scale and a bag of white powder and a bag of brown powder.

Johnson smelled of alcohol and was throwing up in a cruiser when police and troopers were trying to question him, reports said.

A female passenger in his car was released with no charges filed.

Judge Baldwin set his bond at $30,000.

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