An area man driving a stolen dirtbike at night without lights attempted to flee from and ended up crashing in a yard in the 200 block of South Miller Road. While the man was being checked out at an area hospital, Akron Police arrested him on charges of stealing a car and running from them.
Joshua “DJ” Deitch – whom Fairlawn police say is a Kent resident, while Akron Police say he lives in that city – was arrested by Fairlawn police and charged with receiving stolen property just before 1 a.m. Nov. 20.
A Fairlawn officer saw a man driving a 2003 KTM 65SX dirt bike south on South Miller Road at Erie Road without lights or safety equipment.
The officer attempted to stop Deitch, 20, on South Miller at Fort Island Drive, but he drove off the right side of the road and across the front yard of a home in the 200 block of South Miller. Deitch hit the curb and crashed the dirt bike.
After police read him his rights Deitch told them he took the motorcycle from a home in the 2500 block of Ridgewood Road. He was arrested and taken to the police department for processing.
While there, police said Deitch complained of back pain from the accident. He also had injuries on the right side of his face and bruising on his right knee. medics came to the Fairlawn Jail and took Deitch to Akron General Medical Center.
A warrant was issued for receiving stolen property related to the motorcycle, a fourth-degree felony, and filed with the Akron Municipal Clerk of Court’s office.
At 7 a.m. that same day, Akron police notified Fairlawn police that they took custody of Deitch while he was at Akron General on a warrant through their department. Deitch was taken to Summit County Jail, where Akron police served the Fairlawn warrant to Dietch.
Online Akron police reports say Deitch was driving a stolen vehicle when he fled from police near Malacca and Pilgrim streets in Akron that same weekend.
Online jail records indicate Deitch is facing three charges of receiving stolen property: one in relation to a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, one for a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country minivan and one for the KTM dirtbike. He is also charged with burglary and obstructing official business.