Stop sticks end man’s attempt to flee

Published 7:54 am Friday, June 20, 2003

By By BEN RAYMOND LODE / Niles Daily Star
NILES -- A man was arrested in Niles Wednesday, pending charges for allegedly fleeing and eluding arrest and retail fraud.
Joseph J. Debartolo, 41, Francis St., South Bend, Ind., was arrested after officers were advised of a pursuit of a vehicle on U.S. 31, the police report said.
Officers first put up stop sticks at the south end of St. Joseph River prior to the Niles-Buchanan Road exit for south bound traffic in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
Officers later observed the truck allegedly going 120 miles per hour in the far left lane with two police cars in pursuit.
The fleeing truck allegedly hit the stop sticks before subsequently being stopped and arrested one mile south of the Niles-Buchanan exit.
Debartolo was handed over to the Benton Harbor Township Police
In other police reports:
John Demont Russell, 1011 Bailey Ave., Niles was arrested after Niles City Police Department officers were dispatched to an accident on the corner of N. Fifth St. in Niles, the police report said.
Upon arrival, an off-duty State Trooper was already at the scene and advised the officers Russell was allegedly intoxicated.
Russell was subsequently arrested and transported to the Niles City Police Department, where he was booked and lodged.
It was Russell's third offense for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Cameron Jermaine Moore, 26, 1612 Taft St., Niles, was handed over to Niles City Police Department by the Berrien County Sheriff's Department who arrested Moore on a warrant issued by the Niles City Police Department.
The warrant was on two counts of domestic violence and Malicious Destruction of Property.
Bond was set at $500.