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Most-wanted suspect involved in crash

AUSTINTOWN — The man who was on a most-wanted list by U.S. Marshals and later the suspect in a Wednesday morning hit-skip accident in Austintown was flown to an Akron hospital later Wednesday after being involved in a serious crash in the Coshocton area, while trying to flee.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Brandon Ferrier, 23, of Canfield, is under police guard while being treated for injuries he suffered in a one-car crash off Interstate 77 in Coshocton.

The earlier hit-skip accident involving an employee of Republic Services Waste Disposal happened at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday on Allendale Avenue off Kirk Road.

According to the patrol report, a silver Chevrolet Suburban with Alabama plates and driven by Ferrier was fleeing from a traffic stop conducted by a Mahoning County Sheriff’s deputy on an alleged traffic violation. Trooper Steven Murphy said the SUV drove around a garbage truck and struck the worker, who was out of the vehicle.

The worker was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in critical condition. A representative in the Republic Services Waste Disposal corporate office had no identification or information about its employee.

The SUV driver, after the Austintown accident, drove the vehicle to a nursing home on Meridian Road where he left the SUV and got behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Jetta, Murphy said.

According to later reports, patrol troopers spotted the Volkswagen on Interstate 77 in the New Philadelphia /Coshocton area. Murphy said during this pursuit, Ferrier flipped the Jetta off the highway and had to be cut out of the vehicle.

Ferrer was taken by medical helicopter to a Coshocton hospital and then transported by helicopter to an Akron hospital under police guard. No condition report on Ferrier was available.

Ferrier, whose last known address is 540 Stoneybrook Lane, Canfield, was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force after violating probation in Mahoning County. Also , court records show that Ferrier served a prison term of six months for a grand theft motor vehicle conviction in Trumbull County and still owed 163 days of supervised probation for fraud convictions in Mahoning County. The U.S. Marshals said Ferrier was also wanted by Mill Creek MetroParks for allegedly fleeing a traffic stop and also in Butler, Pa., for warrants on bad check and fraud charges.

Murphy said authorities are still piecing together the incidents Wednesday and will have a full report available later.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com