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Police seek suspect in Lorain chase, crash

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LORAIN — Police are seeking an alleged gang member in connection with a police chase that ended in a crash injuring four people Saturday.

Javiaan Davis, 18, has several warrants out for his arrest through the Lorain Police Department as a result of Saturday’s incident. Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to call Lorain police at (440) 204-2100 or contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at (440) 326-1236 or through its 24-hour tip line at (866) 4WANTED.

Davis also is scheduled to appear May 15 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 September threat to cause harm at Elyria High School.

In the latest incident, according to Lorain police, at 7:18 p.m. Saturday, officers tried to stop Davis’ vehicle for allegedly driving erratically and in an unsafe manner. Officers believed Davis might have been intoxicated.

Officers said they know Davis as a member of a Southside Lorain criminal street gang and that he does not have a valid driver’s license. When they tried to pull him over, Davis first started to slow down as if he was going to stop, police said.

As Davis slowed down, officers saw Davis “trying to manipulate something under the seat while still driving forward continuously striking the curb,” according to police. Fourteen seconds later, Davis accelerated, headed east on East 29th Street near Wood Avenue, police said.

Officers did not pursue Davis because he was heading down a dead-end street. Davis drove around a barricade and into a field at an estimated 70 mph, police said. After exiting the other side of the field, Davis lost control and hit another vehicle with three occupants, police said.

Davis’ vehicle flipped over, he crawled out and was seen running away as officers arrived. He was able to elude officers and remains at large.

The three occupants of the vehicle Davis hit were transported to a hospital and later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. A male passenger in Davis’ vehicle also was taken to a hospital.

Officers recovered a loaded handgun and an open bottle of alcohol from Davis’ wrecked car, according to Lorain police.

Davis pleaded guilty in Lorain County Common Pleas Court earlier this month to charges of inducing panic, a second-degree felony; making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony; two fifth-degree felony counts of inducing panic; and a fifth-degree felony count of making false alarms, for making threatening phone calls to Elyria High School on Sept. 14.

The school was placed on lockdown and cleared by police. An investigation led officers to Davis, who was arrested Sept. 27, hiding in a cabinet under the sink in a second floor of a vacant apartment in the 1800 block of East 34th Street in Lorain, police said.

Davis confessed to the threats and told detectives he made them because he was mad at his girlfriend, who was a student at Elyria High School. He posted bond Dec. 21 and was free pending sentencing in Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery’s courtroom May 15.

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

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