TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Monessen man sought after high-speed chase

Daily Photo Galleries

Thursday, June 19, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

Police are seeking a Monessen man who purportedly led police on a high-speed chase early Wednesday morning that exceeded speeds of 100 mph.

Shawn L. Patterson, 30, of 605 Reed Ave., allegedly eluded Charleroi Regional police after an attempted traffic stop 12:39 a.m. in Speers.

Patterson ended up racing away on Interstate 70, weaving in and out of lanes and forcing other motorists to either stop or swerve off the roadway, according to Officer Bill Gardner.

Gardner said he and fellow officers Mike Carcella and Ryan Brand saw Patterson, who was wanted on several outstanding bench warrants, driving his Jeep along State Street in Speers.

Police activated their emergency lights and attempted to box in Patterson's vehicle at a stop sign near the I-70 East on-ramp.

But Patterson sped away and onto the interstate with a female passenger in the front seat.

Gardner pursued despite Patterson's Jeep “quickly exceeding 100 mph.”

Gardner said he stopped the chase near the Route 51 exit in Rostraver Township for the safety of Patterson, his passenger and other drivers.

“He was coming up on the rear end of vehicles, weaving around them and cutting in front of them and that's when I terminated the chase,” Gardner said.

“It wasn't worth anyone getting killed,” the officer added.

Charleroi Regional police charged Patterson on Wednesday with flight to avoid apprehension, fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and three driving violations.

Police Chief Eric Porter said the department would acquire a bench warrant for Patterson's arrest on those charges.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at rbruni@tribweb.com or 724-684-2635.

 

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.
 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Mon Valley

  1. Convocation center booze battle rages on for California and Cal U
  2. 2 charged in Charleroi drug, gun find case
  3. Trials ordered for 2 charged in Monongahela mugging case
  4. Man’s holiday spirit lights up Belle Vernon
  5. Engineers examine Charleroi’s historic Coyle Theater
  6. Charleroi council severs ties with Coyle
  7. Cal U students aid Fayette survey
  8. Trial ordered for Finleyville man accused of fondling himself near school bus
  9. West Newton foster father faces child sex charges