October 2, 2014

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Man arrested after Lorain chase

LORAIN — For the second time in two days, a car chase through the heart of the city late Tuesday forced drivers off the roads, according to a Lorain police report.

Police arrested Jose Severino, 21, of Lorain, on charges of felony fleeing, reckless operation, driving under suspension, obstructing official business and resisting arrest after the latest incident.

Officer Craig Payne saw two cars racing side-by-side on Leavitt Road near West 24th Street around 10:45 p.m. and was forced to dodge when a green 1992 Honda Civic veered into oncoming traffic, the report said.

Severino, later identified as the driver, ran several stop signs on West 23rd Street and Reeves Avenue as Payne followed, according to the report. At the Meister Road intersection, Severino ran the red light and traffic veered away to avoid a collision, police said.

With the Civic’s headlights off, he cut through lawns to avoid spike strips deployed at Frontage Street and Frankie Drive, police said.

He finally stopped the car on Surf Avenue and Payne, where he took off running — with an officer and a police dog chasing him through the backyards before losing him, the report said.

Back at the Civic, Severino’s wife, Vanessa Severino, 18, arrived on the scene and identified the driver as her husband — telling police that he’d call her during the chase and told her where he was, police said.

At his wife’s urging, Severino turned himself in at the Lorain police station around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. He had several abrasions on his hands and forearms from climbing a tree during the chase, the report said.

He was taken to the county jail and held without bond.

On Monday, Eugene Frost, 45, of Lorain, was arrested on similar charges after police say he led them on a chase back and forth along Oberlin Avenue.

Contact Jason Hawk at 653-6264 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.