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Drug deal gone bad initiates pursuit

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    Matthew Petrella

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police say a man suspected of trying to sell prescription drugs to a Cleveland resident called police for help Monday after the deal went awry.

North Ridgeville police said they believe it was a 20-year-old Grafton man who sought their help as he was traveling into North Ridgeville and followed by two other cars. Police pulled all three cars over — one on Halle Circle and the other two on Root Road — and tried to sort out the story.

Their conclusion was a bad drug deal prompted a Cleveland man to chase after the Grafton man, according to a police report.

The Cleveland man was following the Grafton man into Lorain County when the Cleveland man called for a friend to help him out. That friend, Matthew Petrella, 26, of Cleveland, joined the pursuit, and he ended up being the only one to face local charges of improper handling of firearms in a vehicle.

No drugs were found in any of the vehicles, and no other charges were filed, although North Ridgeville police alerted Cleveland police to the stop.

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