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Wadsworth police get social, catch suspect

Beacon Journal staff report

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Wadsworth police used the county emergency notification system and social media to track down a man who fled police during a traffic stop Wednesday morning.

Police say there were about 1,300 robo-calls to residents made through the Medina County Emergency Notification System.

The alert resulted in calls from citizens offering information on the suspect.

Police also posted the news on its Facebook page after the man fled from officers.

The chase began about 9 a.m. when officers stopped a North Dakota man driving a rental car on North Lyman Street.

The driver, David R. Jimison Jr., 40, had an arrest warrant pending for receiving stolen property in Medina County, police said.

Police say Jimison fled the scene, driving away and leading officers on a short chase that ended for public safety reasons, police said.

Officers say they saw the man again in the area of Memorial Park and they laid down spike strips that punctured at least one tire on Jamison’s car.

Undaunted, Jamison continued to drive until crashing on State Street near Seville Road, where he fled again on foot. At about 10:15 a.m., Jamison was found near Isham Elementary. He ran, but was nabbed by officers.

He is now charged with failure to comply and is being held in the Medina County Jail.


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