SAEGERTOWN — A Guys Mills man reached speeds of 106 mph and nearly struck a state trooper during an early Friday morning pursuit that ended at the borough’s southern roundabout, according to a criminal complaint filed by Pennsylvania State Police at Meadville. Police also say that after crashing, the man called to report his vehicle stolen, according to a police press release on the chase.
Joshua Allen Terrill, 26, was arraigned Friday before Magisterial District Judge Rita Marwood on a felony count of fleeing and eluding, several misdemeanor counts, including DUI — controlled substance, and seven summary traffic violations. Terrill was found in possession of a hypodermic needle and appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine when he was arrested, according to the criminal complaint.
The chase, which extended from Hayfield Township north to Venango and south to Saegertown, began when state troopers attempted to stop Terrill for alleged traffic violations at approximately 1 a.m. in the 20,000 block of Route 19, according to police. Terrill ignored police lights and sirens and led officers on a chase that traversed Route 19, Plank Road and Route 99, police reported.
After a PIT maneuver failed, Terrill allegedly continued south on Plank Road, reaching speeds “upwards of 100 mph” and at times driving on the wrong side of the road, according to police. The PIT maneuver, or pursuit intervention technique, is a tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.
Terrill nearly struck a trooper near the intersection of Church and Cussewago streets in Venango as the trooper was deploying spike strips in an effort to deflate the tires of Terrill’s 2004 Honda Civic, according to police.
The chase ended when Terrill traveled into the oncoming lane then crashed into a curb and sidewalk near the Route 19 roundabout just south of Jordan Drive in the borough of Saegertown, according to police. State police at Meadville then received a phone call from Terrill, who said his Honda Civic had been taken earlier in the evening, according to the press release.
The misdemeanor charges against Terrill also include possession of drug paraphernalia and recklessly endangering another person. He remains in Crawford County jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.
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