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Saturday, March 30, 2013, 12:51 a.m.

A Butler County man wanted for alleged drug offenses ran from New Kensington police along Tarentum Bridge Road on Thursday, but was caught blocks away, police said.

Paul McConnell, 24, of Slippery Rock will be charged with attempted escape and driving while his driver's license is suspended, police said.

An officer said the man also will face a state police arrest warrant for allegedly having and selling drugs.

The incident started just after 5 p.m. when a man sitting at a table in the Wendy's restaurant, 201 Tarentum Bridge Road, became ill.

When help arrived, the man was assisted and another man with him left.

An officer later went to the Sunoco across the street where they found McConnell in the first man's work truck.

Police described McConnell as “very nervous” and heard him say he was working for the ill man.

As another officer arrived, police asked McConnell to turn off the ignition and step out of the truck. McConnell slid across the seat, opened the passenger door and started to run along Tarentum Bridge Road toward Leechburg Road, police said.

Other officers called to the area caught McConnell minutes later near the Taco Bell along Freeport Road at Tarentum Bridge Road.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or

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