RAVENNA -- An Aurora man who committed a series of crimes in late 2015 in the city recently was ordered to get substance abuse treatment and serve a term on probation.
James B. Mackell, 21, of Moneta Avenue was sentenced Feb. 6 in Portage County Common Pleas Court to five years probation and ordered to attend the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in Warren, a substance abuse treatment center for convicted felons.
Upon release from NEOCAP, Mackell will be placed on alcohol intake monitoring for 60 days, Judge Becky Doherty ruled. He also must get a substance abuse evaluation, complete the Dual Diagnosis Offender Program for persons with substance abuse and mental health issues, and find and keep a full-time job throughout probation.
Doherty also suspended Mackell's driver's license for three years, fined him $375 and ordered him to pay $583 in court costs combined from two separate felony cases.
In one case, Mackell was stopped Oct. 12, 2015, by an Aurora police officer on East Pioneer Trail. Instead of stopping, he tried to flee on foot but was tackled and arrested on Eldridge Road. Police discovered he was driving under the influence of alcohol and with a 16-year-old girl in the vehicle.
As emergency personnel tried to secure him in an Aurora Fire Department ambulance, Mackell kicked an Aurora police sergeant and an Aurora EMT multiple times while attempting to fight his way off a stretcher, police said.
That incident resulted in guilty pleas in December 2016 to charges of assault on a law enforcement officer and assault on an EMT, both fourth-degree felonies; failure to comply, operating a vehicle under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident, all first-degree misdemeanors.
In another case, Mackell pleaded guilty in December 2016 to burglary, a third-degree felony, for breaking into a residence in the 1200 block of East Boulevard in Aurora on Dec. 8, 2015.