A Youngstown man who led police on a car chase from Masury into Hubbard Township recently was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.
Charles A. Pickard, 21, pleaded guilty Oct. 7 to vehicular assault and failing to comply with an order of a police officer. He was sentenced Nov. 29 by Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald J. Rice.
Prosecutors did not pursue a charge of drug trafficking, but successfully sought the forfeiture of $2,734 Pickard had on him at the time of his arrest.
Brookfield police said they spotted a car with heavily tinted windows May 24 traveling from Sharon into Masury on Route 62. A check of the car showed that the registered owner’s license was suspended and a warrant had been issued for his arrest, police said.
The car pulled over on Route 62 at Bedford Road, but took off westbound once the police officer was out of his car, police said.
A chase ensued at speeds of up to 120 mph, police said. The car was found hiding in Truck World, but evaded police and got back onto Route 62, police said. At the ramp to Interstate 80, the car crashed into a Hubbard Township cruiser, police said.
A Hubbard Township patrolman and all three occupants of the car were taken to hospitals, police said.
Pickard was the driver of the car. The other occupants were Antwan L. Tarver, 22, of Campbell, who ran, and Quaishon J. Campbell, 21, of Youngstown. Tarver was arrested by a Hubbard Township policeman.
The registered owner of the car was not present.
Police said they found 4.5 ounces of marijuana, a digital scale and $50 in the car, and Pickard’s phone contained messages of apparent drug sale requests, police said.
Campbell is wanted on a Brookfield police charge of possession of marijuana.
Tarver pleaded guilty or no contest to obstructing official business on Aug. 26 in Trumbull County Eastern District Court and was sentenced to 5 days in jail with 2 days’ credit and the eligibility to perform 20 hours community service instead of the other three; a $150 fine; and 1 year of probation. He is wanted for a probation violation.