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SALEM – A pickup truck that fled Perry Township police across the county as shots were fired at police early in the morning led to the eventual arrest of four men on Thursday.

According to a Perry Township police report, the chase began when a Perry Township patroller attempted a traffic stop at 4:21 a.m. Thursday on a 2001 Dodge Caravan with fictitious plates on East Pidgeon Road at Depot Road. The driver, Brandon House, 25, of Youngstown, attempted to escape the police.

Shots were fired from the vehicle at the Perry Township officer, allegedly by passenger Aaron Freet, 39, of Youngstown. After 22 minutes of the chase, Perry Township Police Chief Mike Emigh asked his officer to quash the chase. As the officer was returning to the township via Salineville, police encountered the two men on US Route 39 at Madison Avenue. The van was wrecked and the two men attempted to escape on foot, with Freet detained and House jumping off the side of the road and escaping.

Police confiscated a pink .380 caliber Ruger loaded with Freet, which was taken to the Salem Regional Medical Center by an EMT ambulance, then turned over to police, detained and taken to the Columbiana County Jail.

Emigh said his department was considering multiple felony charges against Freet, including unloading a gun while he was disabled, shooting a gun from a vehicle and charges related to attempting to harm a police officer.

The department also has possible charges against House, including flight and escape, disobeying a police officer’s order or signal, escape and resisting arrest, Emigh said. . He said patroller Jonathan Smith was not injured.

Chief Assistant Jennifer Tucker said House was reported to have jumped over a railing, along a wall towards the creek. As they were on their way to help, she said MPs learned there was an alarm at a company, Saline Oil and Supply, on nearby National Route 39 at 5:02 a.m. not there. MPs continued to search the area and called in a drone operator and a K-9 unit to help them conduct the search.

At 8:15 a.m., a Salineville woman, Jennifer Madison, reported to Salineville Police that someone had picked up her vehicle which was parked outside her East Main Street home, unlocked with the keys inside at the ‘time. Madison’s vehicle had a GPS locator, which indicated that her vehicle was on South Street Southeast in Warren.

Warren Police and the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office have been notified to search for the vehicle, which Trumbull Sheriff’s Deputies have located at a Dollar General with several people inside, including House. According to the Warren Tribune, House was found in possession of debit cards and other business identification linking him to the Saline Oil and Supply break-in.

Freet, House and the other two men, Jonathon Daviduk, 24, of Struthers, and Wayne Perry, 29, of Warren, were found in the stolen vehicle in Warren, all reportedly disappeared from a Youngstown halfway house without permission on Wednesday. evening. House, Daviduk and Perry were taken into custody there and the three were transported to Trumbull County Jail.

Salineville Police Sgt. Keith Evanoff filed a motor vehicle theft charge against House in county municipal court.

Other charges are pending in several jurisdictions.

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