Police from two counties were involved in an early morning chase following a Jackson Township robbery and a Hartville theft.
Police from two counties went after a pair of robbers - until the suspects' car crashed head-on into another car.
One person was taken to Mercy Medical Center, but no one else was hurt, police say.
The two suspects have been charged with robbery and further charges are pending, said Uniontown Police Chief Harold Britt.
The incident that sparked the chase happened in Jackson Township.
Jackson Township Police Sgt. Dan Vaughn said officers were called about 6:30 a.m. Friday to a strong-arm robbery outside the Home Depot, 4873 Portage St. NW. The suspect or suspects fled in a dark-color sedan.
He could not say what was taken during the robbery, saying that the investigation was continuing.
But, he said, township police issued a radio bulletin alerting other law enforcement agencies.
Uniontown police driving through the Hartville Hardware parking lot spotted their car about 11:15 a.m. Investigators believe the men had stolen DeWalt Drill kits from the store, Britt said.
Based on Jackson Township's alert, Uniontown officers conducted a traffic stop outside the hardware store, but the men sped away, speeding west on state Route 619 toward Green.
They were stopped by another car at state routes 619 and 241 when they struck it head-on at 11:25 a.m., Britt said, noting that Hartville Police, Ohio Highway Patrol troopers and Summit County Sheriff's deputies had joined Uniontown in the effort to stop the fleeing suspects. The suspects' car went backward, striking a pole and the victim's vehicle continued on and struck another car.
The chief said the wreck victim was not injured, and neither was one of the suspects, identified as Adam Wise, 40, of 4234 Grunder Ave. NW in Canton, who was driving the suspect vehicle. The other suspect, identified as Wise's passenger, was Roger D. Bowman Jr., 39, of 936 Dueber Ave. SW in Canton. Bowman was taken to Mercy with non-life-threatening injuries, Britt said.
Wise and Bowman were each charged with robbery, theft and fleeing and eluding police, Britt said, adding that more charges are pending in Summit County where deputies continued to investigate the crash. Wise was additionally charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction records show Bowman is on parole for breaking and entering and theft.
Stark County court records show he is also wanted by Jackson Township, Canton and Massillon police on three charges of felony theft and charges of criminal trespassing and criminal damaging. The court records also show he went to prison in 2015 for breaking and entering and theft; in 2010 for robbery, receiving stolen property, theft and two counts of breaking and entering; in 2008 for sale and delivery of dangerous drugs; and in 1997 for receiving stolen property.
Court records show that Wise went to prison in 2006 for theft and attempted theft, and that he was sentenced in 2015 to intensive supervisory probation and 200 hours of community services for felony theft.
Both men were scheduled to be booked into the Stark County Jail this afternoon, Britt said.
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