AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A police chase through multiple counties ended with the arrest of a wanted felon, who is now charged in a serious hit and run crash from Wednesday morning.
It all started with a traffic stop near the corner of Canfield Road and Allendale Avenue, where an SUV with Alabama license plates was seen running a red light.
“Our deputy began to approach the vehicle and as she approached the rear fender of the vehicle, she did notice that it indeed was Brandon Ferrier driving,” said Major Jeff Allen, Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office.
The 21-year-old from Canfield was recently named as the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive of the Week for a probation violation locally, as well as bad check and fraud warrants in Butler, Pennsylvania.
One year ago, Ferrier was indicted on grand theft charges.
“At that time, Brandon Ferrier took off from the traffic stop at a high rate of speed, down Allendale into Austintown,” Allen said.
A mile down the road, authorities said Ferrier hit 56-year-old William Shea, a worker with Republic Services Waste Disposal who was standing next to his garbage truck.
State troopers said Ferrier never stopped and they quickly learned his SUV was a rental, so they were able to track its GPS to a nearby nursing home, where he switched vehicles.
“Our department went to the scene and found the vehicle parked in a parking lot off of Meridian Road,” said Lt. Brad Bucey, Ohio State Highway Patrol.
At that point, Ferrier disappeared. Almost two hours later, marshals spotted him racing down Interstate 77 near New Philadelphia.
“A pursuit started and I don’t have the exact time that it took but it was, you know, probably at least half an hour of pursuit through some country roads until, ultimately, he crashed,” Bucey said.
Ferrier had to be cut out of his wrecked car and was eventually flown to a hospital in Akron. As soon as he’s released, deputies are expected to bring him back to face charges.
Shea was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown and is in critical condition.