Police say driver led officers on chase through Austintown

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Cortez Collins

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Austintown police said they found two bags of a white powdery substance after running after a man on Wednesday afternoon.

Cortez Collins, 26, of South Euclid, Ohio, is charged with obstructing official business, failure to comply and tampering with evidence.

On Wednesday, police said Cortez led them on a high-speed chase through neighborhoods before his car hit a tree in the woods and he ran from the crash.

They said he ran through the woods and dropped two bags of drugs along the way.

Police eventually caught up to Cortez and hit him with a Taser. 

He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Collins was also charged in the 2017 case involving the fentanyl overdose of an East Liverpool police officer. He pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and assault in that case, which is still going through the court system. He has since filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea.

He was charged in connection with Columbiana County’s Operation Big Oak indictment as well — the largest drug-related roundup of dealers and users in county history.

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