False identity, tirade, part of East Liverpool arrest

East Liverpool Arrest
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EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WYTV) – Two men involved earlier this week in a traffic stop were arrested Thursday by city police after two separate incidents.

According to the Morning Journal, 0fficers pulled over a van Tuesday on Lisbon Street after reports of possible suspicious activity. At that time, the driver, Troy D. McCrae, 33, of Sidney, Ohio was arrested for driving under suspension and possession of marijuana.

His passengers, identified as Deon Montgomery of New Jersey and a juvenile were not arrested, but, following the arrest, Montgomery went on a tirade, accusing officers of racial profiling.

On Wednesday, an officer not involved in the Tuesday traffic stop, was running laser radar in the school zone on West Eighth Street and stopped a car for speeding.

The driver identified himself as Kareem Walker from New Jersey and provided a date of birth and Social Security number that returned to that identity, but no photo ID. He was cited as a 17-year-old New Jersey resident for speeding, but Detective Greg Smith said Thursday, “We suspected that wasn’t who he was.”

Officers located a photograph of Kareem Walker and determined that was not the driver who had been charged, and on Thursday Smith realized the driver was actually Curtis D. Holland, 20, 18th Street, Wellsville.

“We didn’t know where he was at that point,” Smith said, and a warrant was issued for falsification and obstructing official business. He also had outstanding warrants for driving under suspension and a traffic device violation.

While patrolling Thursday, Patrolman Rob Smith saw the same van that was involved in the Lisbon Street incident on Tuesday drive by with Holland inside. Smith pulled behind the van and when it reached Church Alley, it stopped and all the occupants jumped out and began screaming about being harassed, saying those in the van began videotaping officers as they went about arresting Holland, Patrolman Smith said.

Holland was taken into custody and the man who had identified himself as Montgomery at the Tuesday arrest kept stepping up behind Detective Smith, screaming profanities, calling them “doughnut eating (expletive).” Officers added that Montgomery told them, “Let me catch you off duty,” as they pulled away from the scene with Holland.

While Holland was being processed at the police station, “Montgomery” showed up at City Hall and again began screaming and yelling, saying police needed to release Holland and that he was going to sue the city.

He was asked to leave and stop his behavior or face arrest, and the man went outside, where employees inside City Hall reported hearing him scream profanity and derogatory names at officers and continued his disorderly behavior on Sixth Street, where he was ultimately arrested for disorderly conduct.

Patrolman Smith said the man “fought us the whole way into the station, kicking and screaming, calling us everything he could think of.”

Seven officers assisted in getting the man in the cruiser for transport.

Holland was arraigned, with a second arraignment scheduled March 23, with $20,000 bond set.

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