Police: Man arrested after leading police on chase, throwing suspected drugs out window

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NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – A Kinsman man is facing a number of charges after police say he led them on a chase just before 1 a.m. Thursday.

Thomas Collins is in the Trumbull County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

He was arraigned in Niles Municipal Court Thursday morning on a number of criminal and traffic offenses, including fleeing and eluding as well as tampering with evidence. He also faces four misdemeanor charges.

Police say Collins led them on a chase after he was pulled over for a traffic violation.

“Subject did pull over but then became a little bit confrontational when the officer asked for identifying information and really uncooperative about dealing with the officer,” said Nile Police Captain John Marshall.

Collins took off once police found out he had active warrants, according to police.

Police say Collins took off at the intersection of Niles-Vienna and Stillwagon roads in Niles and eventually started throwing suspected drugs out the window.

“A pursuit began from that point, went through several area jurisdictions and about 15 or 20 minutes later, subject ended up pulling over. Had run over some spike strips that I believe Brookfield laid out during the pursuit,” Marshall said.

Police say Collins pulled over near the intersection of Warner and Warren-Sharon roads in Brookfield after his truck was disabled.

“They did recover some suspected drugs. We won’t know what those are or if they’re drugs in fact until they get back from the lab,” Marshall said.

Collins is due back in court on Sept. 29 for a preliminary hearing.

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