EAST LIVERPOOL - Two men who led police on a chase through the city's East End community will appear in court Tuesday on several charges.
Jason M. Garland, 23, of St. George Street and Marcus L. Copeland, 26, of Warden Avenue, Elyria, were taken into custody after fleeing police during a routine traffic stop. Both men appeared in East Liverpool Municipal Court this past week.
A $2,500 cash/surety bond was set for Garland and arraignment set for 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Garland is charged with DUS, disregard for safety, failure to comply, and turn signal and seat belt violations.
Copeland appeared by video for arraignment after being jailed for failure to post bond on prior charges. A second arraignment was scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Copeland is charged with DUS, reckless operation, failure to comply with a police officer and resisting arrest.
Police said Garland was driving with Copeland as a passenger around 6 p.m. Monday when police observed the vehicle turning left onto First Avenue from Pennsylvania Avenue. The officer attempted a traffic stop when Garland failed to use the vehicle's turn signal.
According to the police report, the officer activated the police vehicle's overhead lighting and "it was obvious Garland had no intention of stopping." Garland continued to flee, driving from street to street at a high rate of speed "with no concern for the children playing in the neighborhood."
Garland wrecked into a fence at the rear of 1151 Ohio Ave. and as the vehicle was still moving, he jumped and fled into the rear of the Ohio Avenue residence. Copeland then moved to the driver's seat and attempted to flee from officers in the same vehicle and crashed into a tree at the rear of another Ohio Avenue home. After striking the tree, the vehicle rolled onto its side and caught fire. Copeland then fled on foot along the Ohio River bank.
An officer chased Garland when he left the vehicle after the first crash and took him into custody after using a Taser. Officers also deployed a Taser to subdue Copeland after a lengthy foot chase along the banks of the river .