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Fugitive wanted in Lorain chase, crash arrested (UPDATED)

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    Javiaan Davis

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Members of a federal fugitive task force and the Lorain County Drug Task Force arrested an alleged gang member Tuesday on warrants related to a police chase and traffic crash in April that injured four people.

Javiaan Davis, 19, was arrested in Lorain County by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Lorain County Drug Task Force, according to the Marshals Service.

The task force was tipped off to Davis’ location by members of the public after Davis was named the task force’s Fugitive of the Week on Monday. He has been wanted since April for his alleged role in an April 13 police chase and traffic crash in Lorain that injured four people.

Davis was arrested without incident, according to the Marshals Service.

The Lorain Police Department previously said officers tried to stop Davis’s vehicle shortly after 7 p.m. April 13 after they saw it driving erratically. It was believed Davis was intoxicated and driving without a valid license, and officers also knew him to be a member of a criminal street gang, police said.

Davis slowed down, struck a curb, then sped east on East 29th Street near Wood Avenue into a dead-end. Davis drove around a barricade and into a field at an estimated 70 mph, exited the field and struck another car with three people in it, police said.

Davis’ car flipped over, but he crawled out, ran away and could not be found. The three people in the vehicle he allegedly hit were hospitalized, along with another man in Davis’ vehicle, police said. A loaded handgun and an open bottle of alcohol were found in Davis’ car, according to Lorain police.

Davis also faces sentencing in Lorain County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty April 3 to felony charges of inducing panic, making terroristic threats and making false alarms for a threat he made to cause harm at Elyria High School in September.

After an investigation, police arrested Davis when they found him hiding in a cabinet under a sink on the second floor of a vacant apartment on East 34th Street in Lorain.

Davis confessed he was mad at his girlfriend, a student at Elyria High School, when he made the threats. He posted bond in December and was released prior to sentencing.

When Davis did not show up in Judge Christopher Rothgery’s courtroom for sentencing May 15, the judge ordered his bond forfeited and a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to court records.

No new sentencing date was available in court records.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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