TribLIVE

| News


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

Motorist helps troopers arrest man near Route 22

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Westmoreland Photo Galleries

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 5:03 p.m.
 

A passing motorist helped state troopers arrest a fugitive Thursday who ran through traffic on Route 22 to flee police.

Trooper Paul Brown pulled over a Saturn car speeding in New Alexandria at 10:15 a.m. and found that the driver, Christopher James Handte, 24, of York, was wanted on a bench warrant for failing to appear for a revocation hearing in Clearfield County on theft charges, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

When Brown asked Handte to turn off the ignition, Handte allegedly drove a short distance into a parking lot near the intersection with Route 981 and ran across Route 22 in front of traffic. Two troopers pursued him on foot through a Sheetz parking lot and into nearby woods.

A passer-by watching the scene unfold got out of his vehicle and “held” the suspect until troopers could arrest him, according to the affidavit. Handte is being held in the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $30,000 bail on charges of escape, flight to avoid apprehension, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude police and speeding. A preliminary hearing before Derry Township District Judge Mark Bilik is scheduled Jan. 8.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Westmoreland

  1. Hempfield train crash search called off; no evidence found
  2. Westmoreland used car dealers indicted in fraud
  3. Online donors help Hempfield teen whose wallet was stolen
  4. Lawyers for convicted killer Smyrnes want info about death row
  5. Westmoreland County Blind Association building brimming with activity
  6. Numerous Westmoreland communities to observe Memorial Day
  7. ‘Dope sick’ man in custody  in Mt. Pleasant stick-up
  8. Weapons stash found in abandoned Laurel Mountain Borough home
  9. Walker: Scottdale, Everson plan Memorial Day events
  10. Cross-filed candidates capture seats on Hempfield board
  11. Mt. Pleasant Borough discusses high grass dilemma