The following incident was reported by the on Aug. 16. The information was compiled from a police report.
A passenger takes off after the driver is pulled over for speeding
Brecksville police pulled over a speeding driver on Interstate 77 at 2:46 p.m. on Aug. 16. The driver told police that the vehicle belonged to a friend, whose full name didn’t match up with the registered owner. The officer took her license and wrote down information for the passenger and went back to the police car to run their information.
While the officer was doing that, the passenger got out of the car, hopped the guardrail and began running up the hill toward the turnpike. The officer called dispatch with a description of the passenger and continued to look up his information. It turned out that the passenger had a variety of misdemeanor warrants and had been placed on probation that day. Brecksville police, along with other local units, looked for the 25-year-old Medina man, but could not find him.
The driver went to the station, where she was cited for speeding and agreed to give a statement about the stop. The car’s owner was contacted and he confirmed that the car had belonged to his father, who had recently passed away, and that the driver was allowed to use it. The driver said the passenger had asked for a ride to pick up a girl, but the girl didn’t answer his calls, so they were headed back to Medina. She said he told her he had to run during the traffic stop, but she encouraged him not to.
The passenger left his cell phone in the car, so it was entered into evidence. Police completed affidavits for obstructing official business and freeway use prohibited by pedestrians and a warrant was to be issued for the passenger’s arrest.
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