A car thief who used Craigslist to troll for vehicles – and drove one stolen car in a high-speed chase that ended with a crash — will spend the next seven years in prison.
Trevon Broomfield. Photo provided by the West Chester Police Department.
A Warren County judge handed down the sentence Friday to Trevon Broomfield, 21, of Dayton, who pleaded guilty to three counts of theft, failure to comply with an officer’s orders, felonious assault on a police officer and receiving stolen property.
Broomfield admitted to stealing three vehicles after responding to ads on the classified-ads website between Dec. 8 and Jan. 15. The thefts occurred in Franklin, Mason and West Chester.
Broomfield’s spree ended Jan. 15 after he stole a 2005 Nissan Sentra from West Chester. An officer spotted the vehicle and began following it and attempted to get the driver to pull over.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined the chase in the Monroe area. Broomfield avoided some tire-puncturing devices that officers put in the road in Lebanon, but he lost control. The vehicle went airborne, crashed into a trooper’s cruiser and landed on its roof.
Broomfield was seriously injured and was hospitalized at Atrium Medical Center in Middletown; the trooper was treated for minor injuries, police had said.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said his office will aggressively prosecute suspects who put lives in danger while fleeing police.
He points to the case of Marcus Isreal, who was found guilty in 2011 of the murder of Warren County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Dulle and sentenced to 25½ years to life in prison
The 36-year-old married father of three was killed after he was struck by a fleeing vehicle operated by Isreal as he deployed stop sticks at Utica Road and U.S. 42 in Turtlecreek Township.
“We are tired of seeing people fleeing from the police and endangering the lives of others, often with tragic consequences,” said Fornshell. “We are going to continue to seek maximum prison terms for those who place police officers’ and other people’s lives in danger just to avoid responsibility for their criminal behavior.”
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