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Struthers Police: Man leads officials on chase, tells girl 'I'm not going to jail’

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After crashing during a police chase with his girlfriend inside the car, a suspect says he tried to swim across the Mahoning River but stopped when he saw Youngstown Police Officers waiting for him on the other side.

The chase started on August 7 around 7:15 p.m. in Struthers when an officer spotted 40-year-old Michael Polite driving along Midlothian Boulevard and noticed he had warrants through Struthers court. 

According to a police report, the officer tried to pull Polite over, but he did not stop, committing traffic offenses and weaving in and out of traffic.

Eventually, police say Polite lost control on Poland Avenue near Powers Way where his car went airborne into a field and then fled.

Police found his girlfriend who said she was OK and began a foot chase. They eventually found him lying down near the Center Street Bridge.

Polite later admitted to police that he had taken off his clothes and was going to try and make the swim, the report said.

His girlfriend told police that, during the chase, Polite told her, "I'm not going to jail today." She said she asked him several times to stop so she could get out, the report said.

The police report indicated one officer, who was en route to the call, hit a vehicle on Poland Avenue near Powers Way. 

Polite faces charges of unlawful restraint, disorderly conduct, failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, inducing panic, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

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