Man charged after drug-fueled vehicular crime spree ends at Alliance police jail gate

ALLIANCE - An Alliance man is facing a slew of charges after he allegedly tried to push a woman from a moving car, hit two police vehicles and then led authorities on a short chase that almost ended with him crashing his car into a police station.

Erik S. McCambridge, 32, was charged with felonious assault, abduction, vandalism, possession of methamphetamine, OVI-refusal with prior conviction, leaving the scene of an accident, and reckless operation.

On Sunday, according to police, McCambridge tried to bite and punch a female passenger in his 2010 Chevrolet HHR as he drove around in the area of North Union Avenue and West Main Street. When the woman tried to get out of the car he sped up to keep her from exiting. The police report states McCambridge opened the car door and started screaming "Kill her, Erik. Kill her," and tried to push her out of the moving car.

The victim rolled out of the HHR and was nearly struck by one of the rear tires. Police say the man put the car in reverse and tried to drive over the woman. She was able to run to a nearby convenience store and call for help.

Authorities said McCambridge drove off and eventually side-swiped another car on West State Street but continued driving. The driver of the car he struck followed him and called 911.

When he reached the 400 block of East Market Street, police say McCambridge intentionally drove into two police cruisers and fled from officers down the block when they gave chase.

He circled the block once, then drove back to the rear of the police station and stopped just short of plowing through the gate leading into the jail.

When he was arrested, McCambridge told officers he was "high as f**k" and was trying to get their attention because he was "messed up and in a bad way."

Authorities found a small bag of methamphetamine on him. He was transported to Stark County Jail.

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