Dover man gets 2 years in prison after high-speed chase

LISBON – A Dover man who led Liverpool Township police on a high speed chase into West Virginia and Pennsylvania agreed to plead guilty Monday to failure to comply with a police officer.

Todd Potts, 42, was sentenced to two years in prison when he appeared in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

According to court documents, Potts was being sought by U.S. Marshals on an abduction charge. He was wanted in connection with the alleged abduction of his wife and her mother from Tuscarawas County.

Local police had heard he might be heading toward Pennsylvania from the Salineville area. A police officer spotted him near Koontz Avenue and state Route 7 in Wellsville and attempted to get him to stop. However, he fled into East Liverpool, where city police also assisted in attempting to stop him before he crossed the Jennings Randolph Bridge.

After crossing on U.S. Route 30, Potts reportedly passed a semi-truck, causing other drivers to pull off the road, according to Assistant County Prosecutor Ryan Weikart. Near Hookstown, Pa., he finally stopped, but refused to unlock or get out of the vehicle. Police reportedly had to break out his window in order to get inside. Potts was taken into custody there by Pennsylvania police.

Judge C. Ashley Pike also suspended Potts’ license for 10 years. The two years in prison will be served concurrently with a 42-month sentence he is serving for domestic violence from an incident in Stark County. He is doing the time at the Lorain Correctional Institute.

“I can tell even by our limited contact you are an intelligent young man,” Pike said, adding he should take advantage of any programs or opportunities while in prison. “Life is a gift and you are foolish to spend it incarcerated.”