Titusville man accused of leading police on chase

A Titusville man is facing charges for leading police on a vehicle chase in northern Venango County while he was under the influence of alcohol.

Franklin state police said in a criminal complaint they tried to pull over a pickup truck driven by Emmett McDonald, 20, at about 1 a.m. July 15 on Route 8 in Cherrytree Township due to a rear brake light being out.

McDonald turned the truck off Route 8 onto Black Road and accelerated instead of pulling over when troopers activated their emergency lights, the complaint said.

Police pursued McDonald onto several roads and into Titusville as he disregarded stops signs along the way, the complaint said. But police were forced to end their pursuit when they turned back onto Route 8 due to their patrol car sustaining two flat tires, according to the complaint.

Titusville police assisted with the pursuit, and when McDonald turned his truck onto Dutch Hill Road at a high rate of speed, the truck traveled off the road and into a guide rail while making a right turn, the complaint said.

The truck then went back into the road where it came to rest against another guiderail, according to the complaint.

McDonald exited the truck through the front windshield and police found him crawling over a bank beside the truck, the complaint said.

McDonald, who showed signs of impairment, and a passenger were both taken into custody by Titusville police.

McDonald was charged with a felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person and DUI, and four summary driving violations.

He was placed in the Venango County jail after he was denied bail due to being a flight risk, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Central Court.


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