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Monessen man sought after high-speed chase

| 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.

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