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Man drove 76 mph over speed limit, Monessen police allege

Paul Peirce
| Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Brian Harris of Charleroi is accused of driving more than 100 mph through Monessen during a police chase in December 2017.
Brian Harris of Charleroi is accused of driving more than 100 mph through Monessen during a police chase in December 2017.

A man who police said fled a traffic stop in Westmoreland County last month at speeds exceeding 100 mph was arrested last week by Monessen police.

Brian Harris, 20, of Charleroi was ordered to the county jail by District Judge Joseph Dalfonso after he failed to post $20,000 bond in connection with the Dec. 1 car chase that spanned several blocks.

Harris is charged with fleeing and eluding police, driving without a license, reckless driving, failing to obey traffic signals, failing to obey traffic devices, reckless endangering and exceeding a 25 mph residential speed limit by 76 mph.

Harris was wanted on a warrant for allegedly failing to appear for a hearing on 2015 charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia by Monessen police, according to online court dockets.

Officer Brian Mickens reported that he was patrolling downtown at Schoonmaker Avenue and Ninth Street at 5:41 p.m. when he noticed a man driving more than 60 mph in the posted 25 mph zone.

Mickens wrote in the affidavit of probable cause that the pursuit lasted several blocks, but he called off the chase after he clocked Harris driving the 2017 Mazda 626 at 101 mph along Parente Boulevard. Mickens alleges that Harris almost collided with a vehicle at a stop sign on Marion Avenue.

Police reported they were able to identify Harris through surveillance video and a rental agreement for the car, which was rented to his mother, Stacy Cook.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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