An Akron man wanted by the law refused to stop for troppers while heading north on I-77 Thursday night.

CANTON  Troopers deployed stop sticks to stop an intoxicated driver speeding north on I-77 Thursday night.

Willie C. Shropshire Jr., 28, of Akron, was arrested at 8:14 p.m. on I-77 north of the Arlington Road exit in Summit County, Lt. Leo Shirkey of the Ohio Highway Patrol's Canton post confirmed Friday morning.

Troopers initially tried to pull him over on the interstate just north of Fulton Road NW for a marked-lanes violation, but he sped away, continuing north and nearly causing multiple car crashes, according to Stark County Jail records.

His tires deflated and he came to a stop when his tires hit the stop sticks further up the highway in Summit County, Shirkey said.

Troopers determined Shropshire was intoxicated. Shirkey said his blood-alcohol content was .157 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.

Jail records show Shropshire also had an undisclosed amount of marijuana and that he was already wanted on a warrant charging him with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

He was arrested on the warrant and booked into the jail on charges of driving under suspension, no safety belt, the marked-lanes violation, felony failure to comply with police and felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction records show Shropshire is also on parole after having been released from prison in July. He had served time for robbery and three counts of felony drug possession in Summit County.

Shropshire remained in the local jail early Friday, held without bond pending court hearings.

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