YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Warrants have been issued for a Kerri Drive man who reports said ran from state troopers early Thursday during a traffic stop on Interstate 680 in Youngstown.
Braylon Black, 25, faces felony charges of assault on a police officer, obstructing official business and tampering with evidence and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and possession of drugs.
Reports said a state trooper pulled Black over for speeding at about 12:15 a.m. on I-680 south, near the Sout Avenue exit.
Black told the trooper he had a suspended license and when he was searched the trooper, a scale was found in hick pocket, reports said.
Black was put in the back of a cruiser and another trooper arrived to assist. Reports said the troopers asked him to take off his shoes and socks because often people hide drugs there.
Black took off his shoes but hesitated to take off his socks. When he began to take off one of them, troopers could see a plastic bag with white powder inside, reports said.
Black then lunged forward, hit one of the troopers and ran away towards a wooded area. The two troopers tried to run after him, but they were almost hit by a car, reports said.
City police brought in a dog to help search for Black but he managed to escape.
As police and troopers searched, Black’s sister showed up, telling troopers she was called to give Black a ride, although reports said she told them she had no idea her brother had escaped police custody.