Canonsburg police searching for man who led them on a chase this morning

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A Bethel Park man faces felony charges after leading police on a chase early this morning in Washington County.

Canonsburg police Sgt. James Spingola said the man, whose name he would not release, ran his vehicle into the front of the sergeant's cruiser at one point during the pursuit -- damaging only the push bar -- but no one was injured during the roughly half-hour chase.

Sgt. Spingola said he was trying to stop the man in Canonsburg about 3:15 a.m. because he had a headlight out, and because PennDOT records showed the car was not insured.

The man didn't stop and started driving faster heading into North Strabane, reaching speeds of more than 90 mph on I-79, Sgt. Spingola said. After hitting the police car in Cecil, the man drove back toward North Strabane and eventually got out of the vehicle when confronted by township police, he said.

The man then ran away and police lost track of him in the woods, the sergeant said. Police twice used a Taser on him, he said.

Upon searching the vehicle, police found a valid insurance card. At some point, though, the insurance must have lapsed, the sergeant said, because PennDOT records showed the insurance had been canceled.

The sergeant said police spoke with the man's wife and encouraged her to have him surrender today.


Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede.

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