New Castle News

March 28, 2014

High-speed chase leads to arrest

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A New Galilee man was jailed after a high-speed police chase in Shenango Township.

Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies, who filed the charges against James Kent Jr., 28, of 146 Green Meadows, said they had pulled their guns in the incident after stopping a van on Old Pittsburgh Road Tuesday.

According to the deputies, they were on patrol in the vicinity of Ellwood and Savannah roads shortly before 3 p.m. when they observed a van increase speed and turn into Fields Street.

As deputies approached the intersection, the van was seen turning back onto Savannah Road. When they tried to catch up to the van, it speeded up, the deputies said, adding it reached speeds of 70 mph in a school zone after turning on to Old Pittsburgh Road.

Eventually, the van stopped in the 3500 block of Old Pittsburgh Road after it allegedly almost caused another vehicle to crash. Deputies drew their weapons as they approached the vehicle.

Kent was taken into custody and later charged with fleeing a police officer, driving while under suspension or revocation, failing to drive at a safe speed and reckless driving.

He was arraigned by District Judge Melissa Amodie and lodged in the county jail in lieu of $2,500 bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.