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Troopers arrest drug trafficker after pursuit

• Jun 8, 2018 at 10:00 AM

CLEVELAND — At 7:46 p.m. Wednesday, state Highway Patrol troopers attempted to stop a reckless driver on Harvard Avenue, in Cleveland’s 4th District.

The suspect driver refused to stop and a lengthy vehicle pursuit took place. A Patrol helicopter began to track the fleeing suspect and pursuing troopers discontinued the pursuit. The fleeing suspect continued driving at high rates of speed until he struck another vehicle, a utility pole, and rolled over.

The suspect, 44-year-old Robert Poole, of Cleveland, was found to be in possession of a large amount of cocaine. Also, 29-year-old Desirae Powell, also of Cleveland, was operating the vehicle struck by Poole. Both were later transported to University Hospital, where they were treated and released with minor injuries.

Poole was incarcerated in the Cleveland City Jail. He is facing charges of fleeing/eluding, aggravated vehicular assault, drug possession and trafficking.

The Cleveland Police Department and the Cleveland Fire Department assisted the patrol with the incident.

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