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Cuyahoga Falls Man Tries to Outrun Police, Fails

Warren Bartz III, 33, of Cuyahoga Falls, was taken down after leading police on a chase down Graham Road on Jan. 21.

On Jan. 21 at 3 p.m., a Cuyahoga Falls woman called police when she saw a man -- later identified as Warren F. Bartz III -- trying to open the back door of her 8th Street home.

Finding the door locked, Bartz fled and was quickly spotted by Cuyahoga Falls police.

Officers ordered him to stop, but Bartz, instead, led them on a foot chase down Graham Road.

Once tackled on Prange Drive, he physically resisted arrest, leaving his face cut and bloody.

Police called in paramedics to treat Bartz's minor injuries before he was taken into custody, according to police radio traffic.  

Bartz, 33, of Cuyahoga Falls, was charged with obstructing official police business, a second-degree misdemeanor; resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor; and criminal trespassing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. 

According to the Stow Clerk of Courts Office, Bartz pled guilty to all three charges in Stow Municipal Court on Jan. 24.

Bartz was fined and received six months probation. A jail sentence was suspended, but will be imposed if Bartz violates any law over the next two years. 

THOMAS KANE January 30, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Running from the law never bodes well for one`s self esteem.
Carol January 30, 2013 at 05:54 PM
And this is why people break laws...SUSPENDED SENTENCE! Do judges ever put anyone in jail anymore?
deb casey January 30, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Why was this suspended? Because he didn't actually get in? Oh, was he just checking to make sure the door was locked??????????
Lindsay Cantalamessa January 30, 2013 at 10:18 PM
I am certainly not making an excuse for him because clearly he broke the law. However, I went to high school with him and I am fairly certain the reason for suspension of any jail time is due to his cognitive level. I hope for his sake (and the community's sake) that he will be better supervised in the future.
Earl Elevant January 31, 2013 at 04:13 AM
If you're found to be driving under suspension, they give you the maximum. Criminal acts...nah. Driving under suspension earns money for the courts, the state, etc. Criminal convictions earn much less.

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