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Struthers prosecutes suspects charged with football game lockdown and pleads not guilty to charges

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Two men who Struthers police say led them in a pursuit last month that locked out a Polish high school football game pleaded not guilty on Tuesday during their arraignments in court Mahoning County Common Pleas.

Deandre Smith, 19, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Nicole Alexander to disobeying a police officer’s order or signal, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, obstructing official business, incitement to panic and refusal to stop after an accident. His bond of $50,000 was upheld.

Larry Smith, 18, has pleaded not guilty to charges of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, carrying concealed weapons, obstructing official business and inciting a panic. His bond of $30,000 was also upheld.

It is unclear how or if the two are related.

A Nov. 1 trial date before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum has been set for both men.

The two were arrested on September 7 after police in Struthers attempted to stop a car Deandre Smith was driving after a records check revealed he did not have a valid driver’s license.

Deandre Smith was taken into custody after the car pulled up near Poland High School Stadium, where a football match was about to start. Larry Smith ran, however, and the game was delayed and the players stayed off the field until he was caught, investigators said.

Police said the two men were armed.

The car the men were in crashed near the stadium and hit another car, according to reports. The driver of the other car was not seriously injured.