Lorain fugi­tive ar­rested af­ter chase

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff re­port

A fugi­tive ac­cused of as­sault­ing a

Lorain po­lice of­fi­cer was ar­rested fol­low­ing a po­lice pur­suit Dec. 5, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from Elyria po­lice.

At 2:55 p.m., Elyria Po­lice Nar­cotics de­tec­tives re­ceived a tip that Ke­nadrew Clark, 23, was stay­ing in a Wash­ing­ton Av­enue apart­ment in Elyria.

Clark had an ac­tive war­rant for his ar­rest through the Lorain Po­lice Depart­ment for felo­nious as­sault on a po­lice of­fi­cer stem­ming from a Nov. 24 in­ci­dent in Lorain, the re­lease said.

De­tec­tives along with of­fi­cers from the U.S. Mar­shals North­ern Ohio Fugi­tive Task Force-Lorain County Di­vi­sion set up in the area.

De­tec­tives ob­served Clark ex­it­ing a park­ing lot.

Af­ter ini­ti­at­ing a traf­fic stop, Clark ac­cel­er­ated in an at­tempt to flee from of­fi­cers, the re­lease said.

In the area of Har­ri­son Street and Glen­wood Av­enue, Clark lost con­trol of the Civic, veer­ing off the road and strik­ing a tree and land­ing up­side down.

Clark con­tin­ued ef­forts to re­sist, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Fol­low­ing a brief strug­gle, Clark was taken into cus­tody.

Clark is fac­ing felony counts of ag­gra­vated ve­hic­u­lar as­sault, fail­ure to com­ply with or­der or sig­nal of po­lice, ob­struct­ing of­fi­cial busi­ness.

He has felony war­rants through the Lorain Po­lice Depart­ment in­clud­ing as­sault on a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Clark also is fac­ing mis­de­meanor counts of driv­ing un­der sus­pen­sion, op­er­a­tion in will­ful and wan­ton dis­re­gard of the safety of per­son, and has bench war­rants for ob­struct­ing of­fi­cial busi­ness and driv­ing un­der sus­pen­sion.

A fe­male and a male also were in­side the ve­hi­cle.

Clark and the male pas­sen­ger were taken to the hos­pi­tal for in­juries suf­fered dur­ing the ac­ci­dent. Both were later treated and re­leased.

The fe­male pas­sen­ger com­plained of in­jury, but re­fused treat­ment at the scene, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Af­ter his re­lease from the hos­pi­tal, Clark was trans­ported to the Lorain County Jail.

Clark was ar­raigned Dec. 6 in Elyria Mu­nic­i­pal Court and is be­ing held on $110,000 bond, ac­cord­ing to court of­fi­cials.

His next court ap­pear­ance is Dec. 12.

“Of­fi­cers should be com­mended for lo­cat­ing and plac­ing a very dan­ger­ous in­di­vid­ual into cus­tody,” said Elyria po­lice Capt. Chris Costantino in the re­lease. “Clark’s wan­ton dis­re­gard for the safety of oth­ers (in­clud­ing the pas­sen­gers in his ve­hi­cle) was clearly ev­i­dent in his ac­tions dur­ing this in­ci­dent. Our com­mu­nity is much safer with him in cus­tody and off our streets.”


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