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Man accused of killing YSU athlete faces new charge

Accused of fleeing from police

YOUNGSTOWN — A man charged with involuntary manslaughter and accused of fleeing from police, crashing into another motorist and killing him on the East Side on Feb. 6, is back in the Mahoning County jail after another case of allegedly fleeing from police.

Adrienne D. Washington Jr., 20, of Hudson Avenue, was arrested Saturday afternoon after a vehicle and foot chase on the South Side. He was arraigned Monday in Youngstown Municipal Court on felony fleeing and eluding and drug possession and misdemeanor obstructing official business.

Bond was set at $50,000.

Youngstown police officer Zachary Scott and Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper were in an OSHP cruiser at 1:41 p.m. on Rush Boulevard. That’s when a Ford Escape driven by Washington was seen on East Lucius Avenue and failed to activate a turn signal while turning onto Rush Boulevard, a report states.

The trooper activated the car’s lights and siren and turned around to make a traffic stop, but the driver accelerated, then failed to stop at an intersection and nearly struck another vehicle. The vehicle pulled into a driveway on Palmer Avenue, and Washington got out and ran through back yards in the 500 block of Palmer, police said.

Scott and the trooper pursued Washington on foot. Washington hopped a fence and later ran to the front porch of a home at 605 Roxbury Ave., where another Youngstown officer ordered Washington to the ground. Scott then took Washington to the ground and handcuffed him.

Police later found five plastic baggies of marijuana and a container containing burnt lumps of marijuana, a baggie containing two white pills later identified as Oxycodone and a digital scale.

On Monday morning, an assistant county prosecutor filed a motion in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court asking Judge Anthony Donofrio to revoke Washington’s bond on the involuntary manslaughter case because of Saturday’s incident.

The filing, written by assistant County Prosecutor Kevin Trapp, says Saturday’s incident is “clearly in violation of the terms of his bond and represents an extreme danger to the community at large. His weapon of choice is a motor vehicle.”

Trapp also asked Donofrio to keep Washington confined throughout the rest of Washington’s court proceedings “due to the seriousness of this charge and his seeming indifference toward engaging in the same behavior that has already led to a tragic loss of life.”

The court docket for Washington’s case before Donofrio does not indicate whether the judge has ruled on the filing.

Washington posted $40,000 bond in the involuntary manslaughter case in March. The case is set for a pretrial hearing Thursday. It is set for trial Jan. 10.

Scott is the same officer who chased Washington on Feb. 6, observing Washington run a red light at Oak Street and Himrod Avenue on the East Side. The officer was going the opposite direction as Washington. He turned around and activated his lights and siren.

Washington fled at high speed and crashed into a car driven by former YSU football player Darius Shackleford, 24, as it traveled into the intersection of McGuffey Road and Oak Street, killing Shackleford.

Scott was found to have followed policy during the chase, according to a Youngstown police internal investigation.

Lt. Brian Butler said Monday that Scott and the state trooper were riding together as part of the initiative announced last week by Police Chief Carl Davis and Mayor Jamael Tito Brown that brings in personnel from the OSHP, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification; the Adult Parole Authority; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Ohio Investigative Unit.

Butler said cooperation such as this “helps double our workforce and presence in the street.”

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