November 27, 2014

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Police catch driver who fled traffic stop on foot

North Ridgeville police bring Benjamin Biasella out of the woods after he allegedly led them on a chase following a traffic stop Wednesday. Biasella was apprehended off Lorain Road. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A motorist who ran from police following a traffic stop Wednesday wound up facing a slew of charges.

Benjamin Biasella, 20, of Cuyahoga Falls, was charged with speeding, driving under suspension, fleeing, eluding police, obstructing official business and possession of marijuana.

The man was stopped for speeding by police on Chestnut Ridge Road just east of state Route 83 about 11:05 a.m., according to police Capt. Marti Garrow.

“Apparently he panicked and ran because he was already driving under suspension,” Garrow said.

Biasella ran east from police, eventually crossing state Route 10 and continuing on foot to Lorain Road where he was walking on the road briefly before running again after spotting more police who had joined the chase.

“We had five to seven officers, including road patrol and the detective bureau, who set up a perimeter in the area,” Garrow said.

Lasting about 20 minutes, the chase saw Biasella first run south into a housing development and then a wooded area as he tried to double back north to Route 10.

Police finally apprehended him in the woods.

The possession of marijuana charge stemmed from a small amount of suspected marijuana police found on Biasella, Garrow said.

“We had initial reports that he may be living out of his vehicle,” Garrow said.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.