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Titusville man jailed after high-speed chase through Meadville, surrounding townships

| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:57 a.m.
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A Titusville man was high on methamphetamine when leading officers on a high-speed car chase totaling almost 24 miles through Meadville and four nearby townships before his capture Saturday night, according to Meadville Police Department.

Tyler E. Bubenheim, 26, of 2941 Mount Hope Road, allegedly drove as fast as 80 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone trying to flee from officers, police said. Police allege Bubenheim's driving endangered not only police but the general public by forcing numerous vehicles off the road in Meadville and West Mead, East Mead, East Fairfield and Union townships.

The incident began at 8:52 p.m. in Meadville as police attempted to make a traffic stop of Bubenheim's 2000 Volkswagen Jetta at Orchard Place and Chestnut Street, according to police.

Bubenheim failed to stop with officers following in pursuit. Pennsylvania State Police assisted Meadville officers as the chase continued into rural areas outside of the city. Bubenheim's auto crashed on Towpath Road in Union Township with Bubenheim then fleeing on foot. He was taken into custody a short time later on Marsh Road in Union Township.

The chase encompassed 23.84 miles, according to police.

Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino arraigned Bubenheim Monday afternoon on a total of 18 counts filed by city police. The arraignment was done via video conference from the Crawford County jail where Bubenheim has been held since his arrest Saturday night.

Since his arrest, Bubenheim has been held on an outstanding bench warrant issued by the county Court of Common Pleas in February.

Bubenheim failed to appear in court for a 2017 driving under the influence of a controlled substance case filed against him by Pennsylvania State Police. Bubenheim was charged by state police with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and driving without headlights in Oil Creek Township. He had been free on his own recognizance in connection with that case.

At Monday's arraignment, Bubenheim told Pendolino he ran from police Saturday night because he knew of the outstanding bench warrant in the other case.

Bubenheim was arraigned on one felony count of fleeing police and misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. Bubenheim also was arraigned on 12 traffic summary counts - eight counts of failing to stop at a stop sign and one count each of reckless driving, careless driving, failing to keep right and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Pendolino ordered Bubenheim held in lieu of $40,000 bond for the charges from Saturday's incident. He faces a preliminary hearing on the charges March 26.

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