Fugitive captured in Washington Township after eluding police overnight
The search for a man who led police on a high speed chase on Route 839 Monday night and then fled on foot into the woods near Dayton ended on Tuesday with the arrest of Gregory Louis Douglas of Kittanning.
Douglas, 40, was found in a home in Washington Township at about 1 p.m. and was charged with flight to avoid apprehension, fleeing and eluding police, resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations, state police Cpl. Christopher Robbins said. He was also arraigned on earlier charges of credit card fraud.
Douglas had been wanted for credit card fraud and there was an Armstrong County bench warrant out for his arrest when he was stopped for a traffic violation in New Bethlehem on Monday about 7 p.m. Douglas was on federal probation for a conviction on counterfeiting charges.
In 2010, Douglas pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to counterfeiting. He was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison, according to court documents. He was ordered to pay more than $40,000 in restitution for using counterfeit money at more than 350 locations from eastern Pennsylvania to Washington state.
Monday's high-speed chase started when Douglas was stopped for having an expired registration and ended when he abandoned the car in front of a house in Wayne. He eluded police by running into nearby woods, Robbins said.
Police used helicopters and the Armstrong County K-9 officer during an unsuccessful search for Douglas that ended at about 11 p.m. on Monday night. He was found when the search resumed the next day.
A man and woman in the car with him during the chase fled when the car was abandoned. The woman, who was not identified, was questioned and released Monday night. The man, Kenneth Marlin Boarts, 40, of Kittanning was found at a home on Anderson Creek Road at 8 a.m. Tuesday. He faces a felony charge of hindering apprehension.
Police with a warrant for Douglas' arrest on Aug. 7 had searched the Boarts home at 1331 Johnson Ave. believing that the suspect was there. When they did not find the suspect, whom Boarts said had been there earlier that day, he was warned he would be charged if he had contact with Douglas and did not call police, according to a criminal complaint.
Boarts was arraigned on Tuesday in District Judge Samuel R. Goldstrohm's court in Rural Valley. He is being held at the Armstrong County Jail on $20,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.
Douglas was arraigned in District Judge James Owen's court in Kittanning on the credit card fraud charges. Bond was set at $20,000. Charges relating to Monday's pursuit are expected to be filed in Judge Goldstrohm's court. Charges may be filed in Clarion County, Robbins said.
Julie E. Martin is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1315, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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