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.


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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