High-speed chase fugitive captured

Appears in special Stark Court

By John A. Ballentine

Pictured above is Jon Warner after he was arrested in Kewanee following a high speed chase which began in Stark County this past April.

A 41-year-old Bradford man was arrested by Bradford Police Chief Landon Horrie and Stark County Sheriff’s Deputy Jordan Kelch on Tuesday evening, July 17th. The arrest was made in Bradford during an investigative traffic stop of a vehicle at Township Roads 1800N and 1750E.

Jon M Warner, of 140N. Peoria Street, was identified as the passenger in a vehicle driven by 34-yearold Sheila A. Taylor, of Campbellsville, Kentucky, as they were leaving the Bradford area. Warner had two outstanding warrants issued for his arrest for failure to appear in court on charges associated with an April, 2018 high speed chase.

Warner and Taylor were charged with possession of methamphetamine that was discovered by a search of their vehicle.

In addition, Warner has charges pending from April’s high speed chase including aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, plus his sixth violation for aggravated driving while his license was revoked.

The April incident was when Warner led police from Wyoming to Kewanee at high rates of speed. The chase ended in Kewanee when Stark County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Bent conducted a “pit” maneuver on Warner’s vehicle stopping him.

At that time, Warner was arrested but only charged with several misdemeanor traffic violations and he was released on $150 bond. He was released from custody when
Stark County officials were unable to present Warner before a judge within the mandated 48-hour limit after arrest.

Warner has also been suspected of being the motorcycle driver who eluded a Bradford police officer when she attempted a traffic stop. A high-speed pursuit occurred during that incident, but resulted in the Bradford officer losing control of the police vehicle and crashing into a ditch within Bureau County. No additional information has been released concerning this incident.

Two days after the July 17th arrest, both Taylor and Warner were brought before Judge James A. Mack in a special court proceeding. The law states that a person who is arrested must appear before a judge within 48 hours.

Judge Mack assigned Robert M. McBride to represent Warner and set Warner’s bond at $100,000. His next court appearance is set for July 27th when Warner is expected to make his first appearance with counsel and request a bond reduction. Warner faces several Class 3 and 4 felony charges in Stark County, as well as Peoria County.

On July 19th, Judge Mack set Taylor’s bond at $5,000 on the Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine. She was initially represented by public defender Robert M. McBride on Thursday evening. She appeared Friday, July 20th, in front of Judge Suzanne Patton who released McBride as Taylor’s counsel due to a conflict of interest, and assigned Henry Attorney Donald Knuckey, Jr. to be her public defender.

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