Man gets year in jail following chase

LISBON – A Columbiana area man was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison on two counts of failure to comply stemming from a high-speed chase last May.

Sheldon Robinson, 39, of Crestview Road, appeared before Judge Scott Washam in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Prior to sentencing, Robinson, 39, Crestview Road, Columbiana, apologized for the people he put in harms way. His attorney, Douglas King, suggested Robinson has a heroin addiction, which he has problems dealing with and asked Washam for a chance to go to the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center for drug treatment.

Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble had made a recommendation of 12 months, which Washam noted surprised him with Robinson’s criminal history. Washam said he thought it would be more, but agreed to the 12-month sentence, giving Robinson credit for 143 days already served.

Robinson had first fled from sheriff’s Deputy Richard Kimble, who saw him at about 11 a.m. May 11, 2013, in Wayne Township. Robinson reportedly failed to stop in the area of Trinity Church Road and state Route 518 and fled Kimble at speeds of more than 100 mph on secondary roads.

Court documents state that at one point during the pursuit Robinson nearly struck the cruiser of Deputy Trisha Quinn, who had joined in the pursuit.

At 11:40 a.m. in East Liverpool, Robinson fled from an East Liverpool police officer, Steve Adkins, who saw Robinson getting off state Route 11. He fled on West Eighth Street through town and into St. Clair Township reaching speeds of 105 mph before coming to a blockade created by police involving several police cruisers and semi trucks.

At that point, he jumped out and began to run on foot, finally being apprehended when tased by St. Clair officer Scott Mick. His truck drifted backward and struck Adkins’ police cruiser.