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Wrong way driver draws felony charge after pursuit

EAST LIVERPOOL — A Mahoning County man currently is in Columbiana County Jail on a $75,000 bond, awaiting his next court appearance after leading city police on a high speed pursuit down state Route 11.

Antwane McMeans Jr. of Youngstown, is set for pretrial and preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Thursday on charges of failure to comply with order of an officer, a third-degree felony; hit/skip, driving under suspension, U-turn, reckless operation, one-way traffic, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

According to an East Liverpool police report, a city police officer was on routine patrol around 8:47 p.m. Monday when he observed a vehicle, possessing dark window tint and expired plates, leave a known drug location on Etruria Street, so he executed a traffic stop on Pennsylvania Avenue near Virginia.

As he exited his cruiser and approached the vehicle, the vehicle fled to state Route 39 west before stopping again.

Again, the officer left his cruiser, this time ordering the driver, who was McMeans, several verbal commands to show his hands.

McMeans drove off again, making a U-turn on the Jennings Randolph Bridge, striking several road closed signs and construction barrels, before traveling north in the southbound lane of state Route 11. McMeans proceeded to run several vehicles off the roadway, while driving on the wrong lane at speeds exceeding 100 mph.

St. Clair Township, Liverpool Township and Columbiana County sheriff’s deputies joined the chase, where the vehicle got off the West Point exit and proceeded south on East Liverpool Road, eventually losing control in a state Route 7 yard.

Both McMeans and his passenger Joseph Jackson fled on foot into the woods, where K9 Noras from St. Clair Township was released, and both men were taken into custody. McMeans sustained a slight bite on the upper left arm prior to be taken into custody and received an adhesive bandage for his small laceration, according to the report. Both men refused any further medical treatment.

The Lisbon post of the State Highway Patrol located Jackson not far away and took him into custody, and he was charged with obstructing official business for failing to by officer commands.

Calcutta Towing impounded the vehicle.

If convicted, McMeans faces up to $10,750 in fines with 42 months incarceration and Jackson $750 with 90 days in jail.

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