Youngstown PD: Man leads officers on chase with child in backseat

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Police arrested a Youngstown man who they said led them on a chase through the south side with a child in his backseat Thursday night.

Allen Lee, Jr., 42, is charged with failure to comply, resisting arrest, endangering children and aggravated vehicular assault, along with traffic citations.

Officers attempted to pull Lee over after they said he went through a stop sign at E. Ravenwood Avenue and Erie Street.

According to a police report, Lee continued driving, leading officers on a lengthy chase through Youngstown’s south side. They said he passed through stop signs and red lights, cut other vehicles off and drove on the wrong side of the road at times.

Police used stop sticks at W. Warren Avenue and Hillman Street, but said Lee continued driving on tire rims.

The police report claimed he eventually veered into a stopped vehicle at the intersection of W. Warren and Glenwood avenues, pushing it off the road and into a pole.

Officers said he then drove into Mill Creek Park and lost control on Robinson Hill Drive, crashing into a guardrail.

Lee got out of his car and jumped over the guardrail, falling head first down a hill, according to police. Officers said they were able to catch him at the bottom of the ravine.

Police said Lee resisted arrest until they tased him.

At that point, officers realized there was a child in the backseat of Lee’s car. They said the boy was bruised and seemed disoriented and scared.

Both were taken to the hospital.

Police said they also found that Lee failed to appear in court for an aggravated vehicular homicide charge.

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