A Hudson man is facing a felony charge for allegedly leading Streetsboro police on a high-speed motorcycle chase in August.
David E. Feathers, 56, of 2061 Edgeview Drive, was indicted Sept. 22 by a Portage County grand jury on a charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge Sept. 26 in Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom and posted $1,500 bond, though Pittman noted his probation in another case could soon be revoked.
Attorney Mike Giulitto said his client is self-employed and turned himself in when he learned of the indictment.
Feathers "has no reason to run from this charge," he said.
Assistant Portage County Prosecutor Eugene Muldowney said that on Aug. 19, Streetsboro police chased a motorcycle carrying Feathers and a female passenger on S.R. 14, but stopped after the chase became a safety hazard.
Feathers then crashed the motorcycle, and he and his female passenger had to be taken to a hospital by LifeFlight helicopter, he said, and the woman's condition was unknown to prosecutors. Giulitto said the woman was in court for Feathers' hearing.
At the time of the incident, Feathers was on probation after serving more than nine years in prison on aggravated burglary, felonious assault and felony domestic violence charges.
In November 2004, a grand jury indicted him on one count each of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; felonious assault, a second-degree felony; and domestic violence, a fifth-degree felony, after he armed himself with a knife, broke into a residence in the 3200 block of Waterbury Circle in Ravenna Township on Oct. 29, 2004, and assaulted a female family member there, according to court records.
A jury found Feathers guilty of all three charges in March 2005, and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. After many motions and appeals over nine years, Feathers finally was granted judicial release by Pittman as of Feb. 13, 2015, and placed on five years probation, according to court records.
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