A Wakeman man charged with instigating a chase that ended in a crash with a police car will join his father in jail.
Anthony D. Tite, 30, of West Main Street, was scheduled for trial Wednesday but changed his plea to no contest on charges of fleeing and eluding, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Related charges of criminal damaging and driving under suspension were dismissed in Norwalk Municipal Court.
Judge John Ridge sentenced him to a total of 180 days in jail, with 150 days suspended as long as he follows the conditions of his probation. He’s scheduled to begin serving his time Oct. 24, according to a court clerk.
The judge also ordered him to pay a $500 fine, plus court costs, and restitution that has not yet been determined.
Tite and his father, Chenango Road resident Robert Tite, 58, led Wakeman police on a chase along Ohio 60 when officers tried to pull them over in July.
At one point, Robert jumped from his truck while his son continued driving through a field.
The chase ended with Anthony ramming into a police car, causing more than $1,000 in damage, according to police.
Robert Tite is already serving a 60-day jail sentence after the Norwalk Municipal judge found him guilty of wrongful entrustment last week for allowing his son to drive the truck in July.
The judge ordered him to pay a $500 and prohibited him from drinking alcohol during his five years of probation, according to court records.
He’s been acquitted of charges of resisting arrest, menacing and persistent disorderly conduct.
Trouble has followed the pair of Tites for years, particularly when alcohol is involved.
Robert Tite’s escapades began last June when he drove a bulldozer through his neighbor’s yard while intoxicated, damaging the property.
He tried to flee and fought with a deputy, according to officials. But a jury found him not guilty last August.
Just weeks after the bulldozer incident, he rode into the village on his horse and stopped to chat with officers. Wakeman police Chief Tim Hunker said he told an officer he was riding the horse because he couldn’t be charged with driving under the influence.
The horse collapsed, and Tite injured his ankle.
About a month later, police caught him driving a front-end loader while drunk. He nearly crashed into his own store, Wakeman Hardware and Supply, and refused a sobriety test.