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Man caught after police chase in Allegheny Township

Chuck Biedka
| Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

Something was very wrong with the car that limped past a township police officer in the early morning darkness last Friday on Markle Road.

The officer's headlights revealed a silver Pontiac Bonneville with a smoking engine, flat front tire, crumpled grille, and matching hood. Both air bags were deployed.

Yet, Philip Louis Ramon Owen, 35, of New Kensington was trying to drive away, township police said.

The officer turned around. It was 3 a.m.

"The car was barely moving, but he was trying to drive," said Police Chief John Fontaine. "It was obvious that he had hit something."

Owen pulled over for police. But soon after he got out of the car, police said he refused the officer's orders, tried to use a cell phone, and then abruptly jumped into a brushy ravine.

Owen stayed there only until the Lower Burrell police dog arrived and he was told the dog was coming in after him, police said.

"He came out, but he soon had a seizure," Fontaine said. So he was taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital's emergency room in Harrison.

There, Owen was in and out of consciousness.

While the emergency room staff worked to revive Owen, the officer learned that Arnold police had a warrant to charge Owen with selling drugs.

The officer also called to see if there were any reports of something hit by a car.

Meanwhile, Owen regained his senses but was refusing to have his blood drawn for a blood alcohol content test or even be treated for seizures, police said.

Suddenly, he jumped up and pushed his way between the officer and a hospital security officer and ran out into the neighborhood.

Police said Owen's luck ran out about two hours later when a Brackenridge police officer caught him.

He was charged by Allegheny Township police with drunken driving, driving while his license is suspended for drunken driving, resisting arrest, giving false information to police, and escape.

He also faces the Arnold drug charges.

Police found out that Owen had apparently veered off Markle Road in the 400 block. The car struck shrubs, solar lights and a landscaping rock in front of a house.

Owen was ordered held in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $65,000 bond.

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