Man given 18 months in prison for high-speed chase in Wilmington


By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com



Isaiah Youngblood, who was driving the Mercedes-Benz, was arrested around South South Street near Midway and Randolph streets during the January incident.

Isaiah Youngblood, who was driving the Mercedes-Benz, was arrested around South South Street near Midway and Randolph streets during the January incident.


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WILMINGTON — A Dayton man who led authorities on a high-speed pursuit will serve jail time.

Isaiah Youngblood, 23, pled guilty to a count of felony 3 failure to comply in Clinton County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday and was sentenced to 18 months in prison by Judge John “Tim” Rudduck.

By making this plea, the three other charges he faced — receiving stolen property (felony 4) and two counts of criminal damaging (misdemeanor 1) — were dismissed.

Also, Youngblood’s driving license was suspended for three years; he must pay $1,000 in restitution to Sam Noel, whose car was damaged; and he must take part in post-release control.

In January, Youngblood led Wilmington Police officers on a pursuit after failing to respond to their signal lights.

Lauren Kitchen of the Prosecutor’s Office advised that authorities attempted to pull him over due to receiving a report he was allegedly driving a reported stolen vehicle in Clinton County.

“(Youngblood) led both OSP (Ohio State Highway Patrol) and the Wilmington Police Department on a high-speed chase through the city of Wilmington,” said Kitchen.

The chase began on Rombach Avenue and led into the “heart of town”, according to Kitchen, reaching speeds between 100 and 130 miles per hour.

Youngblood had struck a vehicle belonging to Noel.

The January incident ended in the 700 block of South South Street near Midway and Randolph streets. Four juveniles who were passengers were released to their parents that day.

No one was injured, but Kitchen indicated it could’ve been worse, as the incident took place in and around the busy downtown area.

She also highlighted Youngblood’s previous criminal charges including two grand theft charges.

Isaiah Youngblood, who was driving the Mercedes-Benz, was arrested around South South Street near Midway and Randolph streets during the January incident.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_composite.jpgIsaiah Youngblood, who was driving the Mercedes-Benz, was arrested around South South Street near Midway and Randolph streets during the January incident. File photo

By John Hamilton

jhamilton@wnewsj.com

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