EL man gets 9 months for fleeing

LISBON — A young man, who nearly struck a state trooper while fleeing in a vehicle, was given a nine-month prison sentence on Friday.

Tylor Kelly, 23, Calcutta-Smith Ferry Road, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty in September to failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.

During his sentencing hearing, Kelly told Judge Megan Bickerton he once served as a junior firefighter and has done a ride along with police, but he just got frightened and does not know what he was thinking.

“I would like to state, my apologies go out to the state trooper,” Kelly said. “I had no intentions of harming him…I have the utmost respect for law enforcement. I wanted to stop, but when he pulled his gun, I’ve never had a gun pointed at my head before, I got scared and I took off.”

Defense attorney Joe King said while he was not making excuses for Kelly, he needed to address his juvenile record to the judge, which included disorderly conducts by a boy sent to 17 different foster homes before he was adopted. Additionally, King said Kelly does not have problems with alcohol or drugs, but still recently reached out to the Counseling Center to “help him get his life back in order.”

Finally, Kelly had been working a full-time job and made arrangements with CARTS to help him get to and from work while his license was suspended.

However, Assistant County Prosecutor Alec Beech had pointed out the state troopers and law enforcement are the people trying to protect us and do not deserve to fear that kind of conduct.

According to a court document filed by Trooper Sgt. Ben Dennison, on Jan. 30, Kelly fled more than 3.4 miles for well over the posted speed limit, making multiple traffic violations. Dennison said Kelly nearly struck him as he was standing outside the cruiser. Dennison continued Kelly was identified through the video review and eventually stopped by the Saline Township police.

Judge Megan Bickerton said she does not believe Kelly intentionally planned to harm the trooper, but pointed out the decisions he made were dangerous and put everyone in danger. Before sentencing Kelly to nine months, she said he was lucky no one was hurt, which could have been a worse ending.