Man flees highway patrol before crashing on Tallmadge Circle

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The Ohio Highway Patrol arrested a Barberton man Monday following a chase that began near Kent and ended when the suspect's vehicle hit a tree on the Tallmadge Circle.

According to Lt. Christopher Heverly, commander of the patrol's Ravenna post, a trooper attempted to stop a black 2005 Saturn Vue driven by Michael J. Klatte Jr., 20, on S.R. 261 in Kent for speeding at about 7:30 a.m.

The suspect fled westbound to Howe Road before south on S.R. 91.

After crashing his vehicle into a tree on Tallmadge Circle near East Avenue, the suspect fled on foot. After a short pursuit, police say he was apprehended without further incident.

Klatte was treated at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna and released before being incarcerated in the Portage County jail on charges of failure to comply, a third-degree felony, speeding and a seat belt violation, both minor misdemeanors.

According to the highway patrol, Klatte, who has a prior felony for fleeing and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, was driving with a suspended license.

Klatte was arraigned Monday in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna, where bond was set at 10 percent of $25,000. A preliminary hearing has been set for Friday in Judge Kevin Poland's courtroom, according to court records.

Tallmadge Police Lt. Ron Williams said Tallmadge units were not advised of the situation until the vehicle had crashed.

"They did respond to assist, but the driver had already been caught," Williams said.

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  • He done it before and now he done it again. How does probation sound?