Police nab pair in high-speed chases

By Deborah Guziak and Diane Smith Record-Courier s Published:

Timothy L. McKinney, 30, of Stow, was arrested Wednesday after allegedly causing a car crash while leading township police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol on an 18-minute, high-speed chase through two counties. The chase, which included speeds of up to 90 mph, ended in Brimfield.

Timothy McKinny was arrested and charged with fleeing, a fourth-degree felony; driving under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor; reckless operation, a first-degree misdemeanor; driving under suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor; and was cited for running numerous stop signs and not wearing a seat belt. It is expected he will be charged in a car crash that occurred during the chase.

In Stow, two men were arrested early Wednesday morning after a high-speed chase stemming from an assault and criminal damaging in Kent.

William P. McKinney, 32, of Akron, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a fourth-degree felony, after police stopped his car in Stow. McKinney has six prior convictions of DUI, according to city police.

Also arrested was Timothy S. Putnam, 33, of Akron. Putnam, a passenger in McKinney's vehicle, was charged with assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and criminal damaging, a second-degree misdemeanor.

The Akron chase started when Sgt. Dean Christ of the OHP was northbound on S.R. 8 at about 9:29 p.m. when he was passed by Timothy McKinney, who was driving a pickup truck.

"He fell in behind the truck, which truck exited at Cuyahoga Falls Avenue," said Lt. Ron Krueter, post commander of the Akron Post of the OSHP.

Christ turned on the car's police lights, but the driver ignored them as he ran the stop sign at the end of the ramp.

"The chase was on," Kreuter said.

Timothy McKinney lead Christ through many Akron roads, all the while dodging traffic and running stop signs and red lights. His speeds through the mostly residential roads reached 60 to 70 mph. Christ notified the Akron Police Department of the chase.

The driver then crashed into a motorist at the Cuyahoga Falls Avenue and Big Falls Avenue intersection. Akron Police did not release the identities of the car's occupants, but Krueter said they were not injured.

Timothy McKinney made his way back to S.R. 8, got on the expressway and headed south.

Weaving through traffic, often passing motorists on the berm, he went south on Interstate 77 and traveled on I-77 at speeds up to 90 mph. He left I-77 and went east on U.S. 224. He then went north onto S.R. 43, and Brimfield Police were notified of the chase.

"He then started shutting off his headlights to get officers to loose him," Krueter said.

Brimfield Police set up a barricade at S.R. 43 and Tallmadge Road, but Timothy McKinney drove around the vehicles, almost striking one, and made his way through the intersection.

He reached I-76, got on, and headed east with Christ and two Brimfield patrol cars in pursuit. Using their vehicles, the officers were able to box Timothy McKinney's truck and force him to stop.

Timothy McKinney had a blood-alcohol content of .2180, more than twice the legal limit. There was also an active contempt of court warrant for his arrest from Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court on unknown charges from Silver Lake.

The Kent-Stow chase began when a man reported he had been assaulted and his car, parked on East Day Street in Kent, had been damaged, according to police.

Police said the suspects fled the scene and led police on a chase through Kent and Stow.

In addition to the DUI charge, William McKinney was charged with fleeing and eluding, a fourth-degree felony, driving under suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor, and criminal damaging, a first-degree misdemeanor.

In addition to the other charges, Putnam was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct due to intoxication, both fourth-degree misdemeanors.

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