Stolen van chase ends with arrest

CORTLAND — A Youngstown man was arrested Thursday after an early morning vehicle chase through the heart of Trumbull County involving a stolen van.

Dauntell Stanley, 30, is facing charges of receiving stolen property, failure to comply and theft, all fourth-degree felonies, jail records show.

Cortland police Chief David Morris said officers were advised of a stolen commercial van on state Route 46 coming from Howland. The vehicle was taken from a business in Liberty earlier in the day and had been chased on two separate occasions by several police agencies.

Morris said a Cortland officer in an unmarked vehicle saw the van on Route 46 not actively being pursued. “The vehicle passed two vehicles and was driving extremely reckless,” Morris said. “He created a danger and needed to be stopped.”

The officer tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused and police cars joined the pursuit. Morris said the driver continued driving north on state Route 5 to East Main Street, but then turned onto the dead end Turnberry Place, where he drove off road and got stuck.

Morris said Cortland and Liberty officers took the driver into custody peacefully.

Stanley was being held in the Trumbull County jail as of late Thursday afternoon.


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