Canton man in crash threatens to kill police

NORTH CANTON -- A Canton man is sitting in the Stark County Jail on $50,000 bond after a Sunday car crash where police say his vehicle rear-ended another vehicle Sunday afternoon.

Police have charged Bradford T. Black II, 18, of Canton of driving under the influence, failure to keep an assured, clear distance, improperly handling firearms in a vehicle (felony), carrying a concealed weapon, using weapons while intoxicated and aggravated menacing.

Police say they responded to a report of a vehicle crash just before 4 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Ream Av. NW. and West Maple Street.

Officers determined that Black caused the crash.

During the investigation, officers observed Black's behavior, indicating that he was possibly under the influence of alcohol and or a drug of abuse.

Black was asked to perform standard field sobriety tests and, during the field tests, an officer saw a rectangular lump in his sock.

When questioned about it, he said it was a clip to his pistol he had in the car. Officers recovered a .45 caliber handgun from under the front seat of his car. Black performed unsatisfactorily on the field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested, according to police.

During his administrative processing at the police department, he threatened to kill all the officers involved in his arrest.

He told them he had an AK-47 and M4 rifle. Black was eventually booked into the Stark County jail on the above charges

On Monday, police officers obtained and executed a search warrant for his residence. The two rifles were found and confiscated, along with other contraband.

A gun safe was also removed from the residence.

On Tuesday, a search warrant for it was obtained and executed. Inside the safe, and drugs and money were confiscated.

Police say felony possession of drug charges are pending.

Black remains in the Stark County Jail with bond set at $50,000.

His pre-trial hearing is set for April 29, 2014.


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