July 30, 2014

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Man allegedly led police on chase to avoid being late to work

OBERLIN — A Medina man was arrested for allegedly refusing to stop for police because he didn’t want to be late for work.

Police said 50-year-old Kevin Cline led police on a brief chase Oct. 12 when an officer tried to pull him over on Parsons Road near the Oberlin Water Treatment Plant around 6:45 a.m. Police said Cline was traveling at more than 100 mph, and he had passed another vehicle in a no-passing zone.

Police caught up with Cline after his vehicle lost control at the sharp curve at the intersection of Grafton and South Park streets. Cline could not make the turn and drove off the roadway, nearly striking several telephone poles and spinning out in the grass, according to a police report.

Cline was ordered out of the vehicle at gunpoint at which time he told police he “made a stupid decision” because he was late for work, according to the report. Cline reportedly told the officer that he couldn’t be late for work again, and he wanted to make it there on time.

Cline was arrested and charged with speeding, willful and wanton disregard for safety and failure to comply with the signal of a police officer.

His vehicle, which was damaged, was towed.

Cline pleaded not guilty to the charges, and a pretrial was scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 26 at Oberlin Municipal Court.