ELYRIA — A report of a reckless driver on West Avenue near Second Street on Tuesday resulted in a chase by Elyria police and the eventual arrest of an Elyria man now facing two felony charges and several misdemeanors.
Jose Feliciano, 18, of Garden Street, is charged with failure to comply, a third-degree felony, obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony, criminal damaging, a first-degree misdemeanor, and was cited with reckless operation, a stop sign violation and a temporary driver’s permit violation. After his arraignment Wednesday in Elyria Municipal Court, he was held in Lorain County Jail on $10,000 bond.
According to police reports, shortly after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Elyria officers were warned to be on the lookout for a small green Toyota driving recklessly on the western edge of downtown. A caller who alerted police also said the driver might have a gun.
An officer in the area saw the vehicle headed west on Broad Street toward West Avenue, and she and another officer gave chase in their cruisers. The suspect vehicle headed north on West Avenue, then onto Lake Avenue, running multiple red lights, police reports said.
The suspect vehicle nearly struck another vehicle turning left onto Lake Avenue from state Route 113, going faster than the officers, who were following at speeds ranging from 60 to 80 mph, reports stated.
After the vehicle went through four stop signs on Clemens Avenue, the chase was called off by a police supervisor and officers continued to follow at a safe distance and speed to West Park.
There, the suspect vehicle drove onto the grass near the baseball fields on the north side of the park and became stuck in the mud. The driver, identified as Feliciano, surrendered at gunpoint, Elyria police said.
Another motorist reported to police that Feliciano’s vehicle had earlier hit their vehicle at the intersection of Broad Street and West Avenue, police said.
Feliciano had only a temporary driver’s permit and no firearm was found in the vehicle, police said.