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Hundreds of empty heroin stamp bags found in car after high-speed chase

| Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, 2:51 p.m.

Police in Beaver County found hundreds of empty heroin stamp bags in a Lawrence County man's car after a high-speed chase that forced at least 10 cars off the road.

Michael Joseph Hancock, 35, of New Castle is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and other counts.

The chase began about 5:30 p.m. Monday when state police noticed a car speeding on Interstate 376 near Exit 31, according to a criminal complaint.

Hancock blew out a tire when he hit a guardrail while crossing Route 51, but he kept driving.

The pursuit wove through side streets and up a hill. Between 10 and 12 cars left the road to avoid a collision during the chase, according to the complaint.

Hancock got out of his car and ran when he reached the train tracks in Beaver Falls, about four miles from where the pursuit began. Police arrested him a short time later.

They found hundreds of empty, unmarked stamp bags, four hypodermic needles, a small amount of marijuana, a digital scale and a burnt spoon in his car, according to the complaint.

Hancock posted a $10,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

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