HERMITAGE — An Ohio man is facing charges stemming from a police pursuit that ended in Hermitage.
Charles Edward McDougal, 24, of Coventry Township, Ohio, is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, driving while revoked or suspended, reckless driving and improper sunscreening.
McDougal was arraigned Friday before District Judge Mary Odem last Friday, and will appear again in court for his preliminary hearing at 8:45 a.m. Oct. 28 before District Judge Neil McEwen.
State police said McDougal led a car chase at speeds of more than 100 mph after speeding away from an attempted traffic stop about 2:28 p.m. Friday on Interstate 80 in Wolf Creek Township.
In the criminal complaint, Trooper Gary Knott said he saw a vehicle with windows tinted so dark that he could not see inside. Knott turned on his overhead lights for a traffic stop, but the driver, identified to be McDougal, drove off.
During the chase, police said McDougal reached speeds of about 110 miles per hour and weaved in and out of traffic, almost colliding with several vehicles. McDougal also passed other vehicles by driving into the grass median.
The chase ended in Hermitage, where police stopped McDougal’s vehicle near the intersection of North Hermitage Road and the Shenango Valley Freeway.
Once stopped, McDougal refused an order to get out of the vehicle, and police had to forcibly remove him. Once outside, McDougal continued to resist police while being handcuffed, police said.
McDougal later told police he fled because he thought there was a warrant for him regarding a gun case in Mercer County, and that he had a small amount of marijuana without a medical marijuana card, according to the criminal complaint.
Police said they searched McDougal’s vehicle and reported finding about 12 grams of marijuana and a digital scale with white powder.
An investigation found McDougal had arrest warrants, including a felony domestic violence warrant issued in Akron, Ohio, and felony aggravated possession of drugs issued in Summit County, Ohio. McDougal’s driver’s license was suspended, the complaint states.
McDougal remained in Mercer County Jail as of Tuesday.
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