Canton man William Wackerly leads police on chase claiming he was late for breakfast; bites deputy

Floods cell, throws urine at officers

CANTON, Ohio - A Canton man who was arrested after telling police he led them on a chase Tuesday morning because he was late for breakfast then wreaked havoc once put in jail.

William Wackerly, 73, would not stop for officers just after 7 a.m. and attempted to drive away through a Canton neighborhood at a high rate of speed, according to police. An officer said Wackerly's vehicle was pursued to Navarre Road, where it was found parked in a Huntington Bank drive-through lane.

Wackerly was ordered out of the vehicle and taken into custody, where he told officers he was going 80 MPH because he was late for breakfast.

Police said Wackerly drove past his house to avoid being caught.

He was charged with failure to comply with order of police off hazardous zones.

Once in Stark County Jail, the trouble continued for Wackerly.

The sheriff's office said on Wednesday, he flooded an area of the jail catwalk, then tied his blanket, uniform, sheets and towel causing officers to cut into the area to stop it.

During an altercation, Wackerly allegedly bit a deputy. He also threw urine and water at officers as they attempted to enter the cell and stop flooding that was damaging the jail, according to a jail report.

Wackerly then received nine additional charges including harassment by inmate, vandalism, assault and criminal damaging and endangering.

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