A Rex Boulevard man was arrested in connection to a stolen Warren police cruiser that was wrecked near a northwest side intersection about 3:30 p.m. Aug. 13.
Noah A. Collins, 23, on Thursday waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Warren Municipal Court. Judge Thomas Gysegem bound Collins’ case to a grand jury on charges of failure to comply with order or signal of police officer, fourth-degree theft and fourth-degree escape.
Collins remains in Trumbull County jail after his arrest about an hour after the cruiser was found damaged at the corner of Iowa Avenue and Ward Street NW.
A report accuses Collins of stealing the cruiser, wrecking it and fleeing the scene. A witness said the driver was recklessly operating the cruiser westbound on Ward at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
The driver lost control as the cruiser went onto an empty grass lot at the intersection with Iowa, crossed the street and struck a telephone pole in front of a home on Iowa that had numerous children playing in the yard and on the front porch.
The report states no one was struck.
The cruiser sustained disabling damage, the report states, with its push bar striking the pole head on. Both front tires were flattened and the right back quarter panel was heavily damaged.
Collins was not injured. He later told a Trumbull County sheriff deputy he panicked and took the cruiser “because he was high on meth,” a police report states. Collins said he had taken one gram at a church near the Walgreens on West Market Street before stealing the cruiser. He refused to pass urine for a toxology test, the report states.