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Two intoxicated wanted men with contraband arrested in Berea

January 4, 2019

Two intoxicated wanted men with contraband arrested in Berea

BEREA, Ohio – A University Heights man and a Cleveland Heights man – both 30 and wanted by various law-enforcement agencies – were arrested at about 3:30 a.m. Jan. 1 after police found alcohol and marijuana in their sport-utility vehicle.

Police saw the vehicle stopped in the center turn lane on southbound North Rocky River near Nancy Drive. The vehicle turned left into a residential front yard, traveling over the sidewalk and tree lawn, before stopping in the driveway.

The driver, the University Heights man, jumped out of the SUV. Police ordered him back inside, but the man ran into the backyard of the home. Police chased the man, arresting him near the home’s back door. The man smelled like alcohol. He correctly identified himself. A woman in the house said the man was her boyfriend.

Police learned the driver’s license of the University Heights man was suspended, and he was wanted in Shaker Heights and Bratenahl. He failed field sobriety tests. Initially he told police he was a U.S. Marine, but was unable to answer basic questions about the military. He then admitted he was lying.

At first, the University Heights man laughed and joked with police. He later called them racists and used profanity when telling them he would beat them up if given a chance.

Meanwhile, the SUV’s passenger, the Cleveland Heights man, falsely identified himself to police, claiming to be a U.S. Marine. The inside of the vehicle smelled like marijuana, and the University Heights man admitted smoking marijuana with the Cleveland Heights man.

Police found correct identification for the Cleveland Heights man in his pants pocket. He was wanted by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office for failing to register as a sex offender.

Inside the SUV, police found marijuana shake, a marijuana cigar, a bottle of cognac, a digital scale, a loaded Smith & Wesson handgun and a box of Winchester ammunition. The Cleveland Heights man admitted the weapon was his, and he admitted having heroin in his wallet.
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