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Ravenna man who allegedly drove into cruiser, led deputy on chase arrested on 10th OVI charge

Posted at 11:59 AM, May 01, 2019

RAVENNA, Ohio — A Ravenna man was arrested this week on his 10th OVI offense after allegedly hitting a police car on purpose and then fleeing from a sheriff’s deputy.

Todd A. Casten, 47, has been charged with felonious assault, a first-degree felony; failure to comply, a third-degree felony and operating a vehicle under the influence, a fourth-degree felony, according to Ravenna Municipal Court records. He has also been charged with resisting arrest, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Casten was arrested on April 29. According to court records, Casten intentionally struck a marked cruiser with flashing lights and then led a Portage County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a chase through a residential area.

When Casten stopped, authorities said he refused to obey orders and had to be tackled to the ground. During the struggle, a sheriff’s deputy injured his knee and hand.

Court records show that Casten has nine prior OVI arrests dating back to 1992.

Casten was released after posting a $50,000 bond. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 3.