Police apprehend a man who led them on a short pursuit in Niles Thursday after failing to adhere to a routine traffic stop. (Daily Star Photo/KATHERINE GREEN)
Police apprehend a man who led them on a short pursuit in Niles Thursday after failing to adhere to a routine traffic stop. (Daily Star Photo/KATHERINE GREEN)

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Niles police engage in ‘low speed’ pursuit

Published 9:04am Friday, March 19, 2010

By JESSICA SIEFF
Niles Daily Star

What police are describing as a “low speed” pursuit took place Thursday in Niles at approximately 5 p.m.

According to Capt. James Millin of the Niles City Police Department, officers attempted around that time to make a routine traffic stop when the occupant of the vehicle police were trying to pull over, 38-year-old Niles resident Scott Okonski allegedly failed to do so.

Okonski is facing charges of driving while license suspended and attempt to flee and elude police, Millin said.

The pursuit that began in the area of 16th and Oak streets “wasn’t real high speed and lasted for about eight blocks,” Millin said.

The driver eventually ended up back near 14th and Oak streets, at which point the original police unit, Millin and Chief Ric Huff and two additional units were also aiding in the pursuit of the vehicle.

“It was very low speed, he more so just didn’t want to stop,” Millin said. “We were able to box him in the end.”

Millin said a warrant had already been issued for Okonski at the time of his arrest.

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