SHARON — A Youngstown man faces charges in two states after he failed to stop for Brookfield police and crashed his car in Sharon.
Brookfield police said they spotted a car Dec. 15 at Route 62 and Roberts Street driven by Ricky M. Easterly, 36, that had only one headlight.
Easterly did not stop when Brookfield police tried to pull him over for the headlight violation and he drove into Pennsylvania, police said.
Easterly headed onto Budd Street, South Dock Street and Bay Way, where his car hit a light pole at the dead end, police said. Easterly ran after the car got stuck in mud, Brookfield police said.
Easterly was arrested after he fell on Malleable Street, police said. A loaded 9 mm pistol was found underneath him, police said.
Sharon police said they discovered Easterly is not allowed to possess a gun because of 2001 and 2011 felonious assault convictions in Mahoning County. Easterly told police he had the gun for protection, because a family member recently had been murdered in Youngstown, Sharon police said.
Easterly was treated at a local hospital for an injury to his arm or shoulder, which he suffered when he fell, Brookfield police said.
Easterly is being held in Mercer County Jail on $50,000 bond on Sharon charges of prohibited possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and fleeing police. He faces a preliminary hearing Dec. 29 before District Judge Dennis M. Songer, Sharon.
Brookfield police charged Easterly with willful fleeing and the headlight violation.
Easterly also was wanted by Youngstown police for failing to appear on a 2014 traffic violation, Sharon police said.