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Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 1:46 a.m.
 

Charges were filed against a Mt. Pleasant man who allegedly led police on a vehicle chase beginning in Youngwood and ending in Mt. Pleasant Township.

Timothy Allen Harden, 40, of 267 Ohler Road was charged last week with fleeing or attempting to elude police, DUI, criminal mischief-damaging property, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, reckless driving and 10 other traffic violations at on-call District Judge Michael Mahady's office.

The charges stem from an incident at the Youngwood Sheetz at 1:24 a.m. Saturday when state police at Greensburg observed Harden entering his truck in the parking lot.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Harden backed out of his parking stall and struck a metal post that protects the fuel pumps. He reportedly observed police approaching his truck, rapidly accelerated and sped out of the parking lot and onto Route 119 north.

Police activated their emergency lights and sirens as they chased Harden onto Trolly Line Road at speeds in excess of 80 mph. His vehicle traveled off the road and into the grass, striking a guardrail. Police attempted to block Harden's truck, which he drove around the police cruiser, nearly striking the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Police then chased Harden along 15 different roads for 12 miles at speeds between 30 and 100 mph. The pursuit ended along Laurelville-Mennonite Road, where the truck struck several trees.

Police instructed Harden to step out of the vehicle. Harden didn't comply, police said, and had to be removed from the truck and forced into handcuffs. Harden had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and the odor of alcohol on his person, police said. When asked whether he had been drinking, he informed police that he had, according to the complaint.

Two Breathalyzer tests showed that Harden had a blood-alcohol content of 0.204 percent, police said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 14 before District Judge Roger Eckels.

Harden was released on his own recognizance.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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