September 30, 2014

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Man leads chase through Elyria

ELYRIA – A 24-year-old Elyria man driving a stolen Jeep led sheriff’s deputies and Elyria police officers on a chase throughout town Saturday morning before giving himself up at an apartment building in the 200 block of Washington Avenue, according to a police report.

Larry O. Woods Jr. was charged with receiving stolen property, failure to comply with a court order, reckless operation and driving under suspension for his role in the chase. Speeds varied between 25 and 45 mph on deserted streets, police said.

Around 3:30 a.m., Elyria police officers heard radio traffic that sheriff’s deputies were chasing a Jeep Cherokee stolen from the area of the LaPorte Inn in the 2000 block of Grafton Road in Elyria.

An Elyria police officer involved in the incident noted Woods routinely used his turn signal as he first led Elyria officers and sheriff’s deputies from East River Street to Broad Street to Park Avenue where he turned onto Kenyon Street and headed for Prospect Street.

Woods then turned from Prospect Street onto Colgate Avenue, then onto University Avenue and back onto East River Street, police said.

Woods circled with westward turns onto Grant, Blaine and Fourth streets at around 25 mph, police said, adding that officers in other vehicles were following Woods or driving on parallel streets trying to cut Woods off and bring the chase to an end.

From Depot Street, Woods led officers north on East Avenue, west on Depot Street, north on Washington Avenue, east onto Ohio Street to Glenwood Street – driving around several deputy cruisers trying to stop him – to Harrison Street and back to Washington Avenue where he finally pulled into an apartment complex and got out of the stolen Jeep with his hands in the air, police said.

Officers noted that Woods had blood on his hands, and Woods was believed to have been involved in an assault at the same location from which the Jeep was stolen.

According to public records, Woods has a criminal history dating back to June 2005, when he was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol.

He was found guilty of possession of marijuana and having an open container in a motor vehicle in a March 2006 offense. Also that month, Woods was charged with offenses involving underage persons and three counts of contributing to the unruliness of a minor.  In June 2006, Woods was found guilty of underage consumption.

Woods also served nearly three years at the Lorain/Medina Community-Based Correctional Facility on an April 2006 aggravated robbery charge. He was released March 12 this year.

Contact Alicia Castelli at 329-7155 or acastelli@chroniclet.com.