A 26-year-old Rootstown Township man was taken to the hospital after complaining of chest pains following an early morning police chase in Ravenna and Ravenna Township.
At 2:17 a.m. Friday, a Ravenna police officer noticed a cream-colored sport utility vehicle that failed to signal a lane change on North Prospect Street, according to the Ravenna Police Department. The officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver kept going north on North Chestnut Street.
The car continued north onto state Route 14, through a trailer park and onto Interstate 76 westbound where speeds exceeded 80 mph. The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Portage County Sheriff’s Office both came to help.
Police used stop sticks, but that had no effect on the SUV’s ability to operate. The SUV finally was stopped on I-76 westbound near the 34 mile marker.
The driver, Erik D. Weber, was taken to the hospital by EMS crews after he complained of chest pains during the arrest.
He was charged with failing to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony and driving under suspension. He was also arrested on a Summit County warrant for escape, a third-degree felony, and a felony parole violation.
In Summit County Common Pleas Court in 2013, he was found guilty of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, illegal use of a minor in nude material, and two counts of importuning. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
Weber has been released from the hospital and placed in the Portage County jail.
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to contact the Ravenna Police Department at 330-296-6486.