Stolen License Plate Leads to Pursuit – Westlake Officer Hurt

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On Oct. 14 at 12:54 a.m., a Westlake patrolman signaled the male driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier to stop after the officer noted the license plate belonged on a stolen Ford truck. The driver dropped off a 37-year-old homeless woman on Clague Rd. near the Cleveland Water Dept. plant, then fled westbound on Sperry Dr. and onto I-90 westbound into Avon.  Avon and Avon Lake PDs were notified of the pursuit; it is believed that the suspect drove over Avon PD’s spike strips while fleeing on I-90. The suspect’s speeds fluctuated 45-85 mph during the incident.

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The driver exited at Rt. 83 and drove down a dead end section of Center Rd., then into a backyard and finally  into a ditch. The driver fled on foot, but was caught shortly thereafter by an Avon Lake police officer. He gave a false name, but was identified through Rocky River PD’s mobile fingerprint scanner as 47-year-old John SUTTON of Cleveland. The car had been lent to him by the owner (Parma man) on Oct. 11 on the condition it be returned that day.

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SUTTON has warrants from Cuyahoga County SO and Rocky River PD. He will be charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (crack pipe), Mis-ID, Resisting Arrest, RSP-license plate, Unauthorized use of Motor Vehicle, Felony Fleeing, and a number of traffic offenses.

The Westlake officer suffered a leg injury while chasing SUTTON on foot; he was treated at St. John Medical Center and released, although he will be on light duty for an as yet unspecified period of time.

The female Rhonda ROBERTS has a warrant from Franklin Co. SO; both are in the Westlake City Jail.

 

 

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