Tiffin men sentenced to prison for pursuit


Two Tiffin men charged in connection to a high-speed pursuit pleaded guilty in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom Thursday afternoon.

Anthony J. Postell, 21, and Hugh E. Williams, 21, each pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.

Shuff sentenced each man to 18 months in prison, with nearly 50 days of credit for time served, and imposed a mandatory three-year driver’s license suspension.

Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office agreed not to oppose a timely filed motion for judicial release in each case as long as there are no unfavorable reports. The men would be eligible for judicial release after serving 30 days in prison.

They declined to speak before sentencing.

In May, Chief Keith Turner of Attica Police Department had tried to initiate a traffic stop on West Tiffin Street in Attica for loud mufflers on three motorcycles that were traveling together.

Turner had said one of the motorcycles pulled over. He pursued the other two, which were driven by Postell and Williams. They traveled west on US 224, with Postell’s motorcycle turning onto CR 77.

Turner continued pursuing Williams. Speeds were in excess of 100 mph going past Mohawk High School, and Williams ended the pursuit at SR 53 and CR 6, where two vehicles were in his way, he said.

Postell later turned himself in at Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.