Cleveland Man Sentenced After Leading Police on Chase


 A man who led police on an extremely high-speed chase through Belmont County has been sent to prison. 

Howard Orr, 29, of Cleveland has been sentenced to four years in prison for fleeing and eluding, and aggravated vehicular assault.

On January 30, he made an abrupt lane change and had darkly tinted windows– which drew the attention of a state trooper along I-70. The trooper followed him, and Orr took him on a chase all through Belmont County.

“So the officer began a pursuit and Mr. Orr for whatever reason decided to aggravate the entire situation,” said Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry. “He proceeded from pretty much the western part of Belmont County, onto I-470, through Bellaire, and then back on 470, 70, back westbound, exceeding speeds of 145 miles per hour for really no good reason.”

While speeding through Bellaire, he hit a woman on the street, and smashed into several cars, including a police cruiser. The woman was treated at a local hospital and released.

Officials say Orr had two misdemeanor warrants out of Cuyahoga County, but nothing as serious as the charges that resulted from his flight from police. 

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