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Man leads police on car, foot chase in Cecil

| Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 12:03 a.m.

A man wanted on warrants out of Harrisburg led Cecil police on a chase by car and on foot Sunday evening that left a K-9 police dog injured, authorities said.

Washington County's emergency dispatch center notified Cecil authorities at 6:23 p.m. that a vehicle reported stolen from Washington had been tracked via GPS to Weirton, then to Route 50 in the township, said police Chief Shawn Bukovinsky.

Officers located the vehicle, which did not pull over and attempted to flee.

The chase ended at the intersection of Muse-Bishop and Cumer roads, when the stolen vehicle crashed into a ditch. The driver, identified as Chuck E. Buchko, 36, fled on foot, Bukovinsky said.

Officers and K-9s from Cecil, Pennsylvania State Police and North Strabane searched the area, tracking Buchko onto the Montour Trail. Firefighters using infrared imaging cameras found an individual acting suspiciously as he walked on a nearby road; when police approached, he fled again.

A police dog chasing Buchko was struck by a car during the second foot pursuit, but Buchko was taken into custody by about 8:40 p.m., Bukovinsky said. The dog's injuries were not believed to be severe, but it was taken to an emergency veterinarian to be checked.

Arrest warrants out of Harrisburg for Buchko were for assault and parole violations, Bukovinsky said. Investigators still were piecing together charges against him and checking for other warrants Sunday night, he said.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or msantoni@tribweb.com.

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