Man charged following chase

EAST LIVERPOOL — After responding to a tip about a suspicious person who had been standing at the corner of Ravine Street and Thompson Avenue, looking around while on a phone, Patrolman Jake Talbott responded and found Travis Keener, 31, no address listed, near a vehicle.

He reported that Keener began running as he followed in the patrol car, following Keener down Bradshaw Avenue and into the parking lot of Giant Eagle.

As Talbott pulled into the parking lot, Keener paused for a breather, and the officer told him he wanted to make sure he was alright but Keener took off running again when Talbott exited his cruiser, with the officer chasing him on foot.

While running, Talbott was ordering Keener to stop to no avail, pulling out his Taser.

Talbott slipped on some wet leaves, falling to the ground, and as he got back to his feet, Keener looked back at Talbott and tripped over a downed tree, falling down and doing a “barrel roll,” getting back onto his feet and continuing to run.

Talbott deployed his Taser, striking Keener in the back and causing him to fall backwards onto the ground. He tried to get back up but complied and stayed down when the officer cautioned he would again use the Taser on him.

Keener told Talbott he ran because he had an outstanding summons, and when asked if he had anything illegal in his possession, told officers he had a needle in his pocket.

Talbott reported pulling a clear baggie containing white powder from Keener’s pocket which Keener said was fake drugs, also removing the needle from his pocket.

Once at the police station and on the prisoner bench, Keener fell over, hitting his head, and he reportedly told officers he had “shot up” heroin about 30 minutes prior to fleeing from Talbott.

An ambulance was summoned, and Keener began throwing up while being checked by paramedics, who transported him to the hospital.

Talbott reported that, while at the station, Keener told him he needs help to curb his addiction.

He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing official business.

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