MENTOR, OH (WOIO) - A man is facing a slew of charges after leading police on a chase in his vehicle and on foot on Sunday night. More charges could be coming.
On Sunday around 6:45 p.m., Mentor Police attempted to stop a vehicle wanted in connection with a hit-skip accident in Painesville Township. Police say the vehicle, a maroon Chevrolet Blazer, had exited state Route 2 at Center Street and turned westbound onto Bellflower Road.
According to police, when an officer got behind the vehicle and tried to initiate a traffic stop, the driver began braking but eventually sped off away from the officer. The driver, Kyle Dodson, continued westbound on Bellflower, then drove off at a curve and hit a fence.
Police say Dodson refused the officer's orders to exit the vehicle. After trying to continue forward, Dodson put the vehicle in reverse and at a high speed backed across Bellflower, striking the front of an arriving police car. The vehicle then continued in a southbound direction along the tree lawn and sidewalk area. At one point, the vehicle re-entered Bellflower, then went back off the road. Police say Dodson lost control and flipped the vehicle onto its side near the entrance drive to Independence Place Condominiums.
Next, police say Dodson exited the vehicle and fled on foot eastbound into the condo complex, where he eventually surrendered to the officers pursuing him on foot.
Dodson, 23, of Painesville, was transported to Lake West Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.
Mentor Police say one officer was treated and released for a minor hand injury that occurred while attempting to get the driver out of the car.
Dodson was arraigned in the Mentor Municipal Court on Monday morning.
He is being charged with the following:
-Failure to comply with a police officer, a third degree felony
-Obstructing official business, a fifth degree felony
-Resisting arrest, a fourth degree felony
-Possessing drug abuse instruments, a first degree misdemeanor
-Operating a vehicle under the influence, a first degree misdemeanor
-Driving under suspension, a first degree misdemeanor
-No driver's license, a first degree misdemeanor
-Reckless operation, a minor misdemeanor
-Failure to wear a seatbelt, a minor misdemeanor
The Lake County Sheriff's Office may add additional charges.