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Frank Q. Jackson facing felony charge after leading Parma police on chase hours after jail release

Enters not guilty plea
Posted at 1:24 PM, Jan 25, 2021

PARMA, Ohio — Frank Q. Jackson, the grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, has been charged with failure to comply with a police order, a third-degree felony, after he allegedly led Parma police on a chase just hours after being released from the Cuyahoga County Jail on a domestic violence charge.

Jackson was arraigned on Monday in Parma Municipal Court. He entered a not guilty plea. He is charged with a tinted glass violation and failure to comply with a police officer.

On Sunday, officers attempted to stop Jackson on State Road, just before the I-480 ramp, because his vehicle's window tint was too dark.

The chase happened after Jackson was released from jail with a GPS monitor after turning himself in on an unrelated domestic violence charge Saturday, according to Jackson's defense attorney.

"You have a guy getting out of jail at 8:30 at night. he’s stopped alongside the road potentially for a tinted-window ticket, it seems like maybe he just got spooked out and made a bad decision," said Jackson's defense attorney Danny Tirfagne.

Police say he was asked to step out of the vehicle. An officer attempted to get a hold of Jackson, who drove away, pulling the officer along the pavement for a short distance, according to police.

The officer was able to run with the car before being freed. He was not physically dragged or seriously injured during the incident.

Officers chased Jackson's vehicle, which exceeded 100 mph.

"Mr. Jackson took off at that time officer Mindlin was pulled alongside the vehicle, was nearly run over. He then proceeded to get in his cruiser and chase after Mr. Jackson who reached speeds of upwards of 100 miles an hour, committed several traffic violations," said Assistant Prosecutor Greg Gentile.

Police said they lost the vehicle after he exited westbound on I-90 at Lorain Avenue. Jackson turned himself in to the Parma Police Department around 3 a.m.

Parma Municipal Court Judge Deanna O'Donnell expressed concern and cited his history of violence as a reason for setting a bond for Jackson.

"I’m concerned there was an officer that was injured and I’m concerned he has a little bit of a history that seems to be a little bit, well, it seems to have violence in it so i’m going to set bond at $50,000 cash or surety," said O'Donnell.

Jackson is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. His next hearing is scheduled in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas on Jan. 29.

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