OC man charged for fleeing from police

An Oil City man is facing several charges, including fleeing and eluding, following an incident early Tuesday morning involving Oil City police.

A criminal complaint filed by Oil City patrolman Timothy Karns names Daniel J. Marki III, 32, as the suspect in the case.

Karns says in the complaint that he was sitting in a police car about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of St. Stephen Church when a silver 1993 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Marki passed him traveling west.

The car was making a noise similar to that of a flat tire or piece of metal dragging from the body of the car, the complaint said.

Karns followed the vehicle onto State Street and the vehicle sped up, and after turning onto West Front Street, Marki failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of West Front and Petroleum streets and made a left turn while failing to signal, the complaint said.

Karns said he began his pursuit and activated his lights but Marki continued to accelerate, driving fast enough to kick up “dirt and dust.”

The chase wound through several streets before Marki stopped just past the intersection of West First and Reed streets, the complaint said.

Marki was charged with a felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer along with DUI and multiple traffic violations. He was lodged in the Venango County jail after failing to post bail.