Police catch up with stolen van in Cortland after 100 mph chase
A stolen vehicle investigation that began in Liberty Township ended more than an hour later following a police pursuit that reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and went through half a Trumbull County Communities.
Just after 9 a.m. Thursday, a driver for Oak Street Health reported that someone stole a lime-green van from the business on Belmont Avenue.
What the suspected thief may not have known was that the van was equipped with GPS, so authorities could track its every move, including information on how much fuel was left in the tank.
Less than a half-hour later the van was spotted on East Market Street in Warren, police began a chase that went through Howland, Brookfield, Hubbard, Liberty, Vienna, and Bazetta Township.
Police say the van cut through a golf course and became stuck in the mud just after 10 a.m. in a wooded area off Everett Hull Road in Cortland,
The suspect, 30-year-old Dauntell Stanley of Youngstown, surrendered to police who say other than being stuck in the mud, the van wasn’t damaged.
Stanley was booked into the county jail on charges of receiving stolen property, theft, and failure to comply with police.
On Friday, Stanley was arraigned in Central District Court on charges of receiving stolen property, failure to comply and driving under financial responsibility law suspension or cancellation. His bond was set at $51,000 for those charges. He was also arraigned in Girard Municipal Court on a theft charge where his bond was set at $10,000.