By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer
SHENANGO VALLEY —
Two Ohio men were arrested on firearm and drugs charges after a vehicle chase that crossed at least four police jurisdictions Nov. 18, Southwest Mercer County Regional police said.
Driver Omar J. Hakim, 28, of Cleveland, was charged with fleeing police, possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver, reckless endangerment, drunken driving, accident involving damage to attended vehicle, possession of crack and drug paraphernalia, running a red light, carrying a firearm without a license and prohibited possession of a firearm.
Passenger Eugene Y. Frazier of Youngstown was charged with possession of marijuana, carrying a firearm without a license and prohibited possession of a firearm.
State police called Southwest for assistance at 6:11 a.m. after a sport-utility vehicle clipped a pickup on Interstate 376, Southwest said.
Southwest spotted the SUV on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Farrell, and followed it northbound to Dock and Budd streets in Sharon, where it stopped for a red light, police said.
The SUV went through the red light and traveled eastbound on Connelly Boulevard, then ran a red light on the Shenango Valley Freeway at South Hermitage Road in Hermitage, police said.
The car crashed near East State Street and Hakim ran, while Frazier stayed with the car, police said.
Hermitage police arrested Hakim hiding at a business on Snyder Road, police said.
Police said they found pot, pills of the painkiller Endocet and $60 on Frazier, and crack and $104 on Hakim.
A Glock 9mm semiautomatic handgun was found in the center console of the SUV, police said.
Hakim and Frazier are in Mercer County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell.