Stow -- A Canal Fulton man was sentenced to a year in prison in connection with a police chase from Stow to Akron in January.
According to Summit County Court of Common Pleas records, 41-year-old Clyde R. Webster pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal to third-degree felony failure to comply with an order of signal of a police officer and fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property June 16. Judge Todd McKenney sentenced him July 19.
A first-degree misdemeanor driving under suspension charge, according to court records, was dismissed as part of the plea deal.
According to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections records, Webster is currently incarcerated in the Lorain Correctional Institution. Colin Meeker, Webster's attorney, did not return a phone call seeking comment before press time.
According to Stow police, the pursuit began at about 10:05 p.m. Jan. 22 when a Stow police officer checked the license plate on the van driven by Webster in a law enforcement database and discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen in Canal Fulton. The officer attempted a traffic stop on Graham Road at Route 8, but the vehicle proceeded south onto Route 8, with the officer following. Akron police joined the pursuit and the Stow officer discontinued and returned to Stow after ordered to do so by the shift supervisor.
According to Akron police, the pursuit continued onto South Arlington Street, with the van increasing speed and crossing the center line as it headed north. The van went through a red light at Concorde Avenue, with an Akron officer behind it slowing down when he realized the van was not going to stop for the light.
According to the report, another officer joined the chase onto Clark Street with the pursuit finally ending on Matthews Street when the van became trapped behind another vehicle and Crawford surrendered, according to Akron police.
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