Bradford man remains in custody under $100,000 bond

By John A. Ballentine

A Bradford man suspected in a high-speed chase through two counties now has a new possession of methamphetamine charge. He remains in custody at the Stark County jail after being denied a bond reduction from the $100,000 previously set. Circuit Judge Stephen A. Kouri ruled last Friday in Stark’s Circuit Court that no reduction would be made after hearing evidence about the case.

Jon M. Warner, 41, through his public defender Robert M. McBride made an oral request that the bond be significantly reduced. Stark County State’s Attorney James D. Owens objected by citing Warner’s lengthy criminal history and a past Henry County conviction for fleeing law enforcement officials in that county in 2010.

Warner allegedly led Stark County Sheriff’s deputy Gary Bent on a high-speed chase, along with other law enforcement agencies, through Stark County and into Henry County. Bent eventually performed a “pit” maneuver on Warner’s vehicle as Warner was headed the wrong way down a Kewanee street and was fast approaching Wethersfield’s schools. This occurred last April, 2018.

Warner was arrested and charged at that time with several traffic violations. He was released two days later when Stark County officials were unable to have Warner arraigned before a judge within the mandatory 48-hour period after an arrest.

Warner disappeared after being released and given a court date which he failed to appear for later. A warrant and $100,000 bond was issued for Warner’s arrest.
Through a tip from the public, Stark County law enforcement arrested Warner approximately three months later, in the Bradford area. The vehicle Warner was a passenger in was driven by Sheila A. Taylor, of Campbellsville, Kentucky. A subsequent search of the vehicle discovered an amount of methamphetamine in the car at the time of the arrest. Both Taylor and Warner were charged with felony possession of meth.

In court, Kouri inquired what charges Warner had his bond set on and Owens stated that it was the current pending charges. Kouri said, “I am denying the reduction of bail bond motion for the defendant.”

Warner’s next court date is set for August 24, 2018 for a scheduling conference.

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