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Police chase through Greensburg ends when car hits house, utility pole

Joe Napsha
| Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, 2:03 p.m.
Utility pole at Offutt Street that was hit at end of Greensburg police chase Tuesday night.
Utility pole at Offutt Street that was hit at end of Greensburg police chase Tuesday night.
Joseph M. Doran, 21, of Greensburg was charged with leading city and state police on a chase through downtown streets on Jan. 23, 2018.
Joseph M. Doran, 21, of Greensburg was charged with leading city and state police on a chase through downtown streets on Jan. 23, 2018.

A 21-year-old Greensburg man was jailed after allegedly leading state and local police on a chase through several city streets Tuesday night. The pursuit ended when his car sideswiped a house and slammed into a utility pole.

Joseph M. Doran of Concord Avenue was arrested after his vehicle struck the utility pole on Offutt Street, a short lane between West Pittsburgh and West Otterman streets near the AmVets PA building, police said.

Patrolman William Newmyer attempted to stop Doran's Honda Accord at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when he drove the wrong way for one block on West Pittsburgh Street and turned onto South Pennsylvania Avenue, Capt. Bob Stafford said Wednesday. The car traveled down West Second Street and went the wrong way on Gino Peluso Way, police said.

Newmyer had to slam on his police cruiser's brakes to avoid hitting the car when it abruptly stopped on McKeon Way, according to the criminal complaint.

The officer alleged Doran did not stop for four red traffic signals along West Otterman and West Pittsburgh streets. The Honda hit a parked car along South Washington Street near Excela Westmoreland Hospital, weaved through several streets, then hit the side of a house at 29 Westminster Ave., causing minor damage. The car traveled 50 yards before hitting the pole on Offutt Street.

Police said they found an open container of alcohol in the car.

The contingent of state and local police chasing Doran included the city's K-9 vehicle, Stafford said.

“If he had gotten out (of the car) and run, they would have released the K-9” to chase him down, Stafford said.

Doran was placed in Westmoreland County Prison on charges of fleeing an officer, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence and multiple traffic violations.

Doran was arraigned before Monessen District Justice Joseph Dalfonso and remained in the county jail on $15,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 8 before Greensburg District Judge Chris Flanigan.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or

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