A man accused of leading police on a 20-mile chase is facing serious charges, according to local sources. Pennsylvania State Police arrested the man earlier in December, but they formally filed charges against him on Dec. 11. In addition to a DUI charge, he is facing a host of other traffic-related charges. He's also accused of receiving stolen property.
According to the police account of events, in the early morning of Dec. 5 police attempted to pull the man over for a routine traffic stop, when the man apparently fled. What followed was a police pursuit of the man's vehicle across some 20 miles in Lebanon County. The 47-year-old man is said to have evaded police for some time before he was finally stopped.
Police placed spikes on the road to bring the man's flight to a halt. He was arrested and charged with driving without a license, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, DUI and other charges. Reportedly, is the man's sixth DUI charge as he has five prior convictions for the same charge.
Alcoholism is a disease that affects many Pennsylvania residents. A man facing his sixth DUI after such seemingly reckless behavior may be considered as a danger to himself and others, but it is also possible he is suffering the effects of a condition over which he has little control. Nevertheless, he has the same right to a focused and vigorous defense as any other person accused of a crime. Alongside his legal counsel, he will have the opportunity to participate in the proceedings and make decisions that he believes to be in his own best interests. Whether that entails negotiating a plea agreement with prosecutors or proceeding to trial will depend upon a number of considerations as the case moves forward through the criminal justice system.
Source: fox43.com, "Annville man charged with DUI again after leading police on 20 mile chase", Valerie Waltz, Dec. 11, 2015