Columbiana man pleads guilty to May 11 police chases

LISBON – A Columbiana area man, who led police throughout the county on high speed chases on May 11 pleaded guilty on Friday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to two counts of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

Sheldon L. Robinson, 39, Crestview Road, Columbiana, faces up to six years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Sentencing is set for March 7.

Robinson, who was reportedly being sought in connection to a string of local daytime burglaries, first fled from sheriff’s Deputy Richard Kimble, who saw him at about 11 a.m. May 11 in Wayne Township.

Robinson reportedly failed to stop in the area of Trinity Church Road and state Route 518 and fled Kimble at speeds of more than 100 mph on secondary roads. Court documents state that at one point during the pursuit, Robinson nearly struck the cruiser of Deputy Trisha Quinn, who had joined in the pursuit.

At 11:40 a.m. in East Liverpool, Robinson fled from an East Liverpool police officer, Steve Adkins, who saw Robinson getting off state Route 11. He fled on West Eighth Street through town and into St. Clair Township reaching speeds of 105 mph before coming to a blockade created by police involving several police cruisers and semi trucks.

At that point, he jumped out and began to run on foot, finally being apprehended when tased by St. Clair officer Scott Mick.

His truck drifted backward and struck Adkins’ police cruiser.

No charges have been filed in this county involving burglaries for Robinson.