YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A criminal complaint was unsealed Monday in federal court charging a Ferndale Avenue man with a gun offense.
Demachel Eugene Christopher Butler Thomas, also known as Demachel Butler, 23, is charged in the U.S. Northern District Court of Ohio with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Thomas was arraigned Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge George J. Limbert and waived a detention hearing and a preliminary hearing. Court records did not list another court appearance.
Butler was arrested Nov. 2 after police tried to pull him over for speeding on Market Street and running a stop sign, according to police.
Reports said Butler failed to stop and cut across East Woodland Avenue to Hadnet Avenue, where he hit a curb. Police say Butler continued driving south on South Avenue, weaving across both sides of the road at 70 miles per hour, which is when officers called off the chase.
At that time, one of the tires on the car blew out and the car was traveling on a rim until it stopped in a field at Pasadena and South avenues.
Reports said Butler jumped out carrying a gun and began running, while also dropping an extended magazine. Butler continued running until police caught him in a driveway in the 2400 block of Birch Street as he was trying to throw a .45-caliber handgun under a car in the driveway, reports said.
Police also found the extended magazine Butler dropped, reports said.
In July of 2017, Butler was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of attempted aggravated robbery with a firearm specification. That conviction bars him from having a gun.
Charges from that case were bound over to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court from municipal court, but those charges were dismissed after the federal complaint was filed.