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Liberty chase ends in numerous charges

LIBERTY — A Campbell man free on bond while awaiting sentencing on a robbery case is now being held on a $100,000 bond in the Trumbull County jail, facing seven felony charges linked to a police chase Friday in Liberty, according to police and court records.

Archelaus Williams, 23, Hyatt Avenue, Campbell, was arraigned later on Friday via video in Girard Municipal Court by Judge Jeffrey D. Adler. He is charged with failure to comply, intimidation, having weapons while prohibited, attempted vehicular assault, carrying concealed weapons, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property. He pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under OVI suspension and improperly displaying a tag or sticker.

He was booked into the Trumbull County jail, where he remained as of Friday afternoon.

Williams is scheduled to be sentenced July 28 in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty June 1 to charges of robbery. He was first charged with aggravated robbery, robbery, aggravated burglary and having weapons under disability. He was free on bond in that case, but a motion to revoke the bond was made by prosecutors Friday, according to court records.

Liberty police on patrol on Belmont Avenue just after midnight Friday spotted a Chevrolet Malibu traveling north with no visible registration on the back of the vehicle, a report states. The officer started to follow the vehicle and pulled the driver over. Though the driver stopped, pulling over to the side of Belmont Avenue just south of Trumbull Avenue, he took off again, continuing north on Belmont. Another officer joined the chase. Speeds did not exceed 70 mph, and the driver did not stop for stop signs, the report states.

On Roosevelt Drive, an officer approached the vehicle from the opposite direction and the driver turned into the oncoming lane “in an attempt to crash into him head-on,” the report states.

The officer turned into the front yards on the street to avoid a collision, the report states.

In the front yard in the 2900 block, the man left the vehicle and ran. Police officers found the man and a loaded .40-caliber handgun underneath a van parked on Oakland Avenue, the report states.

Officers did find temporary registration in the vehicle’s window, but it was not visible.

During booking, the man made a threatening statement to officers and corrections officers found him attempting to flush a “clear sandwich baggie of a brown powder-like substance down the toilet,” though they recovered the substance, the report states. The powder will be sent for testing, and he could be charged with tampering with evidence and bringing drugs to a detention facility, the report states.

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