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South Union dirt bike chase leads to man's arrest

| Thursday, June 3, 2010

A 24-year-old Fayette County man riding a dirt bike led police on a 10-mile chase early Wednesday before he crashed in woods and was arrested.

Police attempted to stop Joseph St. Clair of Point Marion about 1 a.m. for several traffic violations on Dixon Boulevard and Duck Hollow Roads in South Union, state police said.

Clair fled and eventually pulled onto an ATV trail off Smiley Road. Officers said they then heard a bike crash in a wooded area. St. Clair was apprehended moments later.

The suspect was charged with fleeing and eluding police, careless driving, reckless driving, driving under the influence and other traffic violations, police said.

District Judge Jesse Cramer committed St. Clair to the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bond.

St. Clair, who had been riding a 2006 Yamaha dirt bike, had several outstanding Fayette County bench warrants, police said.

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