Driver at center of deadly Warren crash goes before judge

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The driver at the center of a deadly crash in Warren answered to a judge on Friday.

Joseph Myers, 31, is facing several charges after police say he crashed into four other vehicles while running from police on Thursday night.

“A vehicle which had previously fled officers was involved, in a high rate of speed, in a traffic accident,” Lt. Bryan Holmes said.

Surveillance video shows a silver Toyota Prius barreling through the intersection of Parkman Road and
W. Market Street around 11 p.m. Thursday.

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Anthony Blackwell, 34, was killed in the crash. Five others were taken to the hospital.

“The department is investigating both the crash, as well as potential criminal charges that would stem from that,” Holmes said.

Myers appeared by video in court on Friday, bruised and wearing a sling on his arm — injuries he got in the crash.

An automatic not guilty plea was entered on the record and bond was set at $150,000.

Police say they attempted to pull Myers over for a traffic violation on Thursday night, but he took off. They chased him for a while, but officers said they called it off and decided to look for Myers at a known residence.

In the meantime, officers came upon the crash on Parkman Road and recognized Myers’ vehicle in the pileup.

Officers said he tried to run from the scene, but they caught up to and arrested him.

“The police chase originally started with a traffic violation,” Holmes said. “Officers pursued the vehicle across some city streets until a supervisor called off the pursuit. Moments later, a vehicle — what we’re looking at is 20 to 30 seconds later — was involved in an accident.”

Myers is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to comply and felony assault. He is due back in court on April 18.

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