Police: Man steals cigarettes, leads Lordstown officer on car chase

An officer called off the chase after determining it to be too dangerous, but Dukes crashed just minutes later in Warren

Police: Man steals cigarettes, leads Lordstown officer on car chase

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A chase through Lordstown and into Warren reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, as a Lordstown officer attempted to stop a man he believed stole cigarettes from Speed Check.

The chase was captured on an officer’s dash camera. In the video, he can be seen speeding through Lordstown, attempting to catch up to a suspect driving a 2002 Lincoln Continental that he said was driving at least 150 miles per hour.

The officer was on patrol when he was approached by a Speed Check employee, who told him the suspect stole four cartons of cigarettes from the store. He attempted to pull over the vehicle, but the driver didn’t stop.

The chase lasted only a few minutes before the officer decided to back off before getting into the city. The suspect, Charles Elmer Duke, III, then crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Tod Avenue and Palmyra Road, according to police.

The other driver was not seriously injured, according to a police report.

Duke was hospitalized with injuries that he received in the crash.

“We do not know the status of our suspect. Last I knew, he was in the hospital and had some pretty severe injuries,” said Lordstown Police Chief Brent Milhoan.

When Duke is released from the hospital, Milhoan said he will be facing a theft and felony fleeing charges.

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