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New York man arrested after high-speed chase

| Monday, Oct. 10, 2005

A New York man is accused of leading Pennsylvania state troopers on an 11-minute long, high-speed chase early Sunday morning that ended when the 2005 Kia sedan he was driving crashed into a tree.

Sean E. Ortiz, 23, street address unavailable, sustained moderate injuries and was taken into custody without incident immediately after the accident at 1:28 a.m. in Blairsville, said state police at Indiana.

Police said Ortiz fled when they tried to stop him for allegedly traveling 80 mph in a 65-mph zone on Route 119 in White Township. Ortiz allegedly turned off his vehicle's lights and accelerated to speeds of 110 mph, swerving from berm to berm as police pursued.

Ortiz crashed into a tree after failing to negotiate a turn on Route 2002, also known as Old Route 22, near the Blairsville Borough line.

Police said charges are pending.

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