East Cleveland woman who ran from police for misdemeanor now faces felony charges, possible prison time (video)
There’s a big difference between the misdemeanor and the two felonies in this instance.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -On Friday evening, police said they were pulling over 23-year-old Imani Edwards for having windows that were tinted too dark, a misdemeanor offense. But after running from police at a high speed, ramming their police cars and not stopping for miles, her new list of charges quickly turned into felonies.
According to authorities, a tinted window ticket is a misdemeanor which would result in a $150 fine, plus court costs.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office said in cases of simple misdemeanor of the fourth degree could come with jail time of no more than 30 days.
Edwards had no previous record, so any jail time on a ticket would be very unlikely.
But all of that is out the window after the decisions she made on Interstate 77.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, who is handling this investigation, Edwards now faces a felony assault charge for nearly running officers over and failure to comply for running from police.
The assault charge is a first degree felony and if convicted, it would carry a sentencing specification for using a weapon in the commission of a crime, because her car would be considered a weapon.
For just a first degree conviction the Ohio revised code calls for a prison sentence of three to 11 years.
Failure to comply is fourth degree felony.
A conviction on that could bring a six to 18 month prison sentence.
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