TribLIVE

| News


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

Motorist helps troopers arrest man near Route 22

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.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Westmoreland

  1. Knife-wielding man attacks 2 in Sheetz lot in Greensburg
  2. Groups sponsor candidates forum in Monessen
  3. Franklin Regional stabbing suspect could leave Pa. for treatment
  4. Ex-clerk convicted of stealing more than $116K from WCCC avoids jail
  5. Butler blasting worker in North Huntingdon water main break put on probation
  6. Youngwood Council to pick solicitor from ‘good mix’
  7. Police: Charges unwarranted for Yough shop class project
  8. Police: Jeannette woman tried to steal family’s safe
  9. Bolivar couple charged with endangerment; baby nearly drowned, police say
  10. Delmont must address access road for gas station
  11. Greensburg artist follows unusual path to creative career
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.