A Canton man has admitted to assaulting an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper, dragging the officer with his car prior to leading him on a high-speed chase through Atwater and into Stark County in February 2016.
On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the day his trial on three felony charges was set to begin in Portage County Common Pleas Court, Todd A. Davison II, 30, pleaded guilty to one count each of felonious assault on a law enforcement officer, a first-degree felony, and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.
Davison faces more than three years in prison when Judge Becky Doherty sentences him at a date yet to be determined.
Davison's car was stopped by highway patrol Sgt. Jeff Greene on S.R. 225 in Atwater at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6, 2016. After Greene asked Davison to turn off the vehicle and step out, Davison re-started the car and pulled away, dragging Greene with him for about 50 feet.
Greene was able to free his arm, which was still inside Davison's vehicle, returned to his cruiser and chased Davison for more than 6 miles, at speeds up to 100 mph, according to the highway patrol.
The chase eventually ended in the Alliance area, with Davison evading arrest and troopers getting a description of him and his vehicle. Greene suffered minor injuries, was treated at a nearby hospital and released.
Davison later turned himself in at the Stark County jail and was transferred to the Portage County jail to await charges. He is free on bond pending sentencing.