Charges filed in two counties against Austintown hit-and-run driver suspect
Charges have been filed in two counties against a Canfield man suspected of running over a trash collector while allegedly fleeing from a sheriff's deputy in Austintown.
Brandon Ferrier, 23, faces charges of failing to comply with the order of a police officer in both Mahoning County and Tuscarawas County.
Investigators believe Ferrier was driving a Chevy Suburban that struck a Republic Waste Services trash collector as Ferrier was allegedly trying to elude a pursuing Mahoning County Sheriff's Deputy who tried to pull him over early Wednesday.
Sheriff's investigators say the SUV didn't stop after running over 56-year-old William Shea of Struthers, whose last known condition was critical.
At the time of the pursuit, Ferrier was already wanted for violating his parole in Mahoning County, numerous bad checks and fraud warrants in Pennsylvania, and a motor vehicle pursuit in Mill Creek MetroParks.
A state trooper spotted Ferrier's SUV on Interstate 77 in Coshocton County and chased it into Tuscarawas County where it crashed into a guardrail near the community of Stone Creek.
Ferrier was flown by medical helicopter to Akron General Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has issued a warrant for Ferrier's arrest when he is released from the hospital.
The highway patrol in Canfield says that the Mahoning County Sheriff is handling the investigation into the hit-and-run accident, and it would be up to that department to file any further charges.