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Man jailed after chase and police assaults

YOUNGSTOWN — Lamar C. Ware, 49, of McGuffey Road, was arrested following a 7 p.m. incident Sunday, in which Ware is accused of assaulting two Youngstown police officers while Ware was fleeing them on the East Side.

The incident began at 7:01 p.m. when an officer saw Ware’s vehicle on McGuffey Road near Belle Avenue driving through a stop sign.

The officer made a traffic stop on the tan Chevrolet Tahoe, finding out that the driver was Lamar Ware. A second officer arrived, and officers learned there was a warrant out for Ware and he was driving under suspension.

An officer asked Ware to shut off the vehicle, which he did. Then the officer asked Ware to step out of the vehicle, but he did not. The second officer tried to assist Ware out of the vehicle, but Ware resisted, pushing both officers.

Ware started the car and drove off, striking the second officer with the driver’s side door of the Tahoe, leaving the officer on the ground. The officer then got up and chased Ware’s vehicle, as did the other officer.

An officer caught up to Ware on Hubbard Road near Logan Avenue at a high rate of speed. From Logan Avenue, Ware turned onto McGuffey Road. A third officer drove along side of the Tahoe, and Ware veered left into the police cruiser.

The Tahoe then turned into the Plaza View Apartments until the Tahoe reached a dead end. The first officer then ordered Ware out of the vehicle. Three other officers assisted as they tried to get Ware out of the Tahoe. One officer deployed a stun weapon, which resulted in Ware being arrested, the report states.

The chase reached speeds of 85 miles per hour, and Ware disobeyed traffic laws, the report states. He was cited for failure to obey traffic control devices and driving under suspension. He was taken to the Mahoning County jail.

As of Monday afternoon, he had only been charged with not obeying traffic control devices and driving under suspension, but the police report and booking information suggest Ware might be facing additional charges.

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