ELYRIA — Officers arrested a Lorain man Tuesday night after he allegedly led them on an alcohol-fueled car chase through front yards on West River Road and twice crossed over state Route 57, ignoring red lights and stop signs in residential areas, according to Elyria police.
Prince Brown, 34, of the 1900 block of Washington Avenue, was charged with failure to comply, a third-degree felony, and fourth-degree felony operating a vehicle under the influence. He was being held in Lorain County Jail on $11,690 bond plus two additional warrants for failure to appear, according to jail records.
According to an Elyria police report, an officer driving north on West River Road was approaching the Five Points intersection at 11:55 p.m. when a gray Volvo with Virginia plates driving in front of the officer’s marked patrol car crossed the center line into the southbound lane.
The Volvo stopped past the stop bar in the road before continuing north, according to the officer’s report, which is when the officer activated his lights and siren. The Volvo slowed and pulled onto the apron of a driveway in the 800 block of West River Road North, but then drove through the front yard and accelerated back onto the road, according to the police report.
The officer, believing the driver to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs “due to the multiple traffic violations observed and course of travel” continued to pursue and watched the Volvo “completely disregard” a red light at West River Road and state Route 57, continuing west onto Bell Avenue, according to his report.
The Volvo then drove through a stop sign at Bell Avenue before turning south onto Furnace Street, continuing at a high rate of speed, the officer wrote. It crossed over into the northbound lane, passing another vehicle driving south on Furnace Street and continued south on Furnace, crossing state Route 57 a second time, according to the report.
The Volvo then failed to signal as it continued east on Bond Street, then again south on West River Road before stopping in a driveway in the 800 block of West River Road, according to the report. Multiple officers converged, ordered the occupants — identified as Brown and Javier Taylor, 30, also of Lorain — out of the car and took them into custody without further incident.
Brown had warrants for his arrest for failure to pay child support and was driving on a suspended license, according to Elyria police. He also had “a strong smell” of alcohol on his breath, did not immediately respond to questions and had red, watery eyes that alerted officers to the possibility he was intoxicated, according to the report.
Brown admitted drinking alcohol “but refused to comment on how much he had consumed,” refused to perform sobriety tests “stating that performing the tests would not do anything good for him” and refused to submit to a breath test, according to the report.
Taylor told officers he was “extremely scared for his safety” when Brown did not stop the car and “prayed he would make it home to his children,” according to the police report. He was cited with not wearing a seat belt and was released, according to Elyria police.
Officers later discovered Brown was driving on a suspended license due to a drunken driving conviction in Lorain Municipal Court in 2016, according to the report. Additionally, he had four other prior drunken driving convictions — one each in 2005 and 2009 and two in 2010, according to Elyria police — and was charged with felony OVI and taken to Lorain County Jail, the report stated.
Brown’s next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. today in Elyria Municipal Court. Besides the prior drunken driving charges, Brown also has prior felony convictions for drug trafficking and drug possession, for which he spent time in prison, according to Lorain County Jail records.