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Sometimes slow-paced chase ends in Warren man’s arrest

SALEM — A Warren man suspected of being impaired by drugs after yelling at a trooper, tossing his license out the window and leading law enforcement on a sometimes slow pursuit Saturday morning on U.S. Route 62 is facing multiple charges, including felony fleeing and eluding.

Dylan M. Conner, 27, was taken to the Columbiana County jail after his release from Salem Regional Medical Center, where he was transported initially for treatment.

Besides the felony count, other charges against him include operating a vehicle under the influence, distracted driving, no seat belt and marked lanes.

Sgt. Ron Cox of the Lisbon post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said he appeared to be impaired by drugs, but no drugs were found in the pickup he was driving. He refused to submit to a urine test.

Cox said he was already on a traffic stop near the Duke & Duchess on U.S. Route 62 just outside Alliance when the man later identified as Conner drove through the parking lot, yelling stuff out the window at him and throwing his driver’s license. He claimed people were chasing him and they were going to kill him and hurt his mom, with whom he resides.

Cox followed him eastbound on U.S. Route 62 and activated his lights and sirens near Brunner’s farm market, starting what would end up being a 10-mile chase down the highway at speeds ranging from 45 mph down to practically stopped. All the while, the driver was yelling stuff and sticking him arm out the window.

Goshen Township joined the pursuit in Damascus and Perry Township was waiting at their end of the road, near Kufleitner’s and Country Club Lane, which leads back to the Salem Country Club. Stop sticks had been set up, but he managed to avoid them and even drove around a stopped car.

“We wanted to box him in,” Cox said.

The goal was to get him off the road, which was accomplished with no crash, no property damage and no injuries, just east of Country Club Lane. Trooper Eric Carroll, also of the Lisbon post, assisted.

“Everybody did a good job,” Cox said.

When asked if investigators checked into the man’s claims, Cox said they had Warren Police do a welfare check and Conner’s mother was fine. He did say that Warren Police made arrests of other people who were at the residence, reportedly related to drugs, but he had no details.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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