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Police: 5-time DUI convict leads officer on chase


LORAIN — A driver who police said has five convictions for drunken driving is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Christopher Sheppard crashed a van into a utility pole by the former Pali’s Nite Club at 1407 Colorado Ave., according to police Officer Ryan Vrooman’s report.

Sheppard then fled at speeds over 60 mph before stopping at a dead end on New Hampshire Avenue, Vrooman wrote.

Sheppard ran from the van and was tackled by Vrooman. Vrooman wrote that Sheppard smelled of alcohol and screamed at onlookers. An open bottle of beer and an open bottle of Jagermeister were found in the car.

Sheppard slammed his head six times against the window of Vrooman’s police cruiser causing Sheppard’s head to bleed profusely and necessitating a visit to Mercy Regional Medical Center. Sheppard registered a blood alcohol level of 0.229, more than three times the legal limit, in a hospital blood test, Vrooman wrote.

Sheppard, 26, of the 2700 block of Crehore Street in Lorain, was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct, disorderly conduct by intoxication and driving with an open alcohol container.

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