Munroe Falls -- What would have been a traffic stop for speeding ended up as a felony charge against an Akron man after Munroe Falls police chased him into Akron July 20.
According to Stow Municipal Court records, 49-year-old Wilfred W. Saikaly is charged with third-degree felony failure to comply with an order or signal from a police officer and misdemeanor charges of driving under suspension and speeding. He did not enter a plea to the felony and pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanors Aug. 3.
Saikaly was being held in Summit County Jail on a 10 percent of $50,000 bond as of Aug. 4. His attorney, Thomas Bauer Jr. did not return a phone call seeking comment before press time.
According to a Munroe Falls police report, police attempted to stop a vehicle allegedly driven by Saikaly on Munroe Falls Avenue at about 1:10 a.m. after clocking it at 54 mph in a 35 mph zone. Police Chief Jerry Hughes told the Stow Sentry Aug. 3 that police then pursued the vehicle west on Munroe Falls Avenue into Cuyahoga Falls and onto Portage Trail, then south on Route 8. After entering Akron, the pursuit proceeded westbound on Route 76, but police soon broke off the chase after losing sight of the vehicle. Hughes said Cuyahoga Falls police were briefly involved in the chase as well.
Police said Saikaly was arrested after appearing in the municipal court on unrelated charges. Hughes said the vehicle allegedly driven by Saikaly was later found abandoned by Akron police in a parking lot in South Main Street's 900 block. Hughes said he could provide only limited information because the matter is still under investigation, but it had been determined that while Saikaly does not own the vehicle, he had legitimate possession of it at the time of the pursuit.
"It was not a stolen vehicle," said Hughes.
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