Brookfield police have charged two men with drug and other offenses stemming from a high-speed chase May 24 that began in Masury and ended when a car crashed head-on into a City of Hubbard police cruiser in Hubbard Township.
A City of Hubbard officer and three occupants of the car were taken to hospitals. The officer assisted with the scene response before going for treatment, and the three other men were released later that night.
Brookfield police said they seized a large amount of marijuana, more than $3,000 cash and other evidence of drug trafficking.
Brookfield police said they spotted a car with heavily tinted windows on Route 62 westbound coming out of Sharon. The registered owner of the vehicle, who was not present, was under suspension and wanted on a warrant, police said.
An officer pulled the car over on Route 62 at Bedford Road, but the driver sped away once the officer was out of his car, police said.
A pursuit ensued at speeds of up to 120 mph, but the Brookfield officer lost sight of the car at the intersection of Routes 62 and 7. However, other motorists directed the officer to the Flying J parking lot, where he spotted the car behind parked trucks, police said. The officer attempted to block the car, but the car maneuvered around the cruiser, and headed back toward Route 62, police said.
As the car attempted to turn from Route 62 onto the Interstate 80 on-ramp, it crashed into the City of Hubbard cruiser, police said.
As the Brookfield cruiser approached the accident scene – with the officer planning to block one of the doors on the car – Antwan L. Tarver, 21, of Warren, got out of the back seat, causing the Brookfield officer to swerve to avoid hitting him, police said.
Tarver was arrested by a Hubbard Township officer near the Truck World outdoor restaurants, police said.
The driver of the car, Charles A. Pickard, 21, of Youngstown, and a passenger, were detained, police said.
A search of Pickard turned up $2,684, and the passenger had another $625, police said.
A large trash bag on the driver’s side floor of the car contained 4.5 ounces of marijuana, police said. Another $50 and a digital scale also were found in the car, police said.
Pickard’s phone showed messages in which people asked for drugs, police said.
Pickard said he knew there was marijuana in the car, but that it was not his. Concerning the money found, Pickard said he had withdrawn it legally, but the receipts he provided only accounted for $460, police said.
Tarver had a bag containing about an ounce of marijuana on him, and jail personnel found another bag of slightly less marijuana in his shoe, police said.
Pickard has been charged by Brookfield police with drug trafficking, failing to comply with a police order, reckless operation, possession of marijuana, driving under suspension and improper window tinting. Tarver was charged with complicity, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.
The men were arraigned May 25 by Trumbull County Eastern District Court Judge Marty Nosich and face additional hearings May 27.