Report: Austintown motorcyclist falls into creek after police chase

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An Austintown man is facing criminal charges after a motorcycle chase through the township.

Police said the chase began around 1:30 a.m. Friday when they tried to pull over the driver of a motorcycle with a loud exhaust. 

Police said the driver, later identified as 22-year-old Jose Perez, III, was driving at speeds of more than 75 miles per hour. 

An officer tried to stop him on S. Meridian Road but reported that Perez refused to stop, leading officers on a chase.

Police said Perez eventually went over a curb and onto a sidewalk near N. Four Mile Run Road and Oakwood Avenue. The motorcycle slid under a guardrail and Perez fell into a creek, according to a police report. 

Officers placed Perez under arrest at gunpoint as he began climbing up the hill. 

Police said Perez’s motorcycle wasn’t registered, and he didn’t have a permit to drive it. 

He was charged with failure to comply, reckless operation, speeding, no motorcycle endorsement and failure to transfer registration. 

Police said Perez was taken to the hospital for what appeared to be minor injuries. 

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