Austintown PD investigating chase with bail bondsmen and 3 suspects

Michael Callihan James Foster Brian Clay

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Police are trying to sort out the details of a chase involving bail bondsmen and three suspects in which multiple shots were fired.

The men who the bail bondsmen were chasing were all arrested on warrants. Also arrested, however, was one of the bail bondsmen, Daniel Day, 31, of Andover, after police discovered that he too had a warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court on no operator’s license and speeding charges.

Daniel Day
Daniel Day is one of the bail bondsmen that was also arrested for having a warrant.

The chase occurred around 3 p.m. April 1. Police were called to the area of Silica and N. Turner roads after people in the area reported hearing multiple shots fired, according to an Austintown Police report.

Police said Phillip Lambert, of Bad Boyz Bail Bonding LLC, told police that he was involved in a chase through Warren, Lordstown and into Austintown after he and an employee tried to pick up James Foster, 43, of Niles, who had a warrant for his arrest.

At some point, multiple shots were fired, leading to a foot chase into the woods. Lambert said someone in the vehicle fired shots at them, and he returned fire, but Foster, who was picked up later by police, denied anyone in the vehicle firing shots or owning a weapon.

Arrested along with Day and Foster were Brian Clay, 41, of Warren, on a warrant for failure to pay fines and court costs, and Michael Callihan, 45, of Girard, on a warrant through Niles Municipal Court.

Police said Callihan was also in possession of a syringe, crack pipe and burnt aluminum can. He was additionally charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia.

Police were investigating the scene and examining shell casings. They declined to comment on the investigation when contacted Tuesday.

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