A 26-year-old man is facing serious charges after apparently leading police on a devastating chase through Lower Makefield on the afternoon of Oct. 11. Pennsylvania police managed to apprehend the man after he collided with another vehicle, ending the chase. He now stands charged with DUI, receiving stolen property and reckless endangerment.
The police report states the man allegedly stole a truck before causing two accidents, one involving a school bus carrying children. Thankfully, there were no injuries reported at either crash site. The man then led police on a chase all the way through Lower Makefield, avoiding police by driving onto lawns and eventually entering Interstate 95 going north.
The chase apparently ended when, in an attempt to further evade police, the man turned his vehicle south while continuing in the northbound lanes. He eventually collided with a vehicle entering the highway, effectively ending the chase. The man was apprehended by police and charged. Pennsylvania State Police are still investigating what may have been further accidents caused by the man's actions, and they say additional charges may be pending.
While this is truly a bizarre case, the fact remains that any individual in the state of Pennsylvania accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proved guilty. In order for the man to be convicted on a DUI charge, the prosecution will have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he was intoxicated during the police chase. If appropriate tests were not conducted to gauge his blood alcohol level, or if they were conducted in violation of his rights, that evidence may not be admissible in court. This could, in turn, lead to the charges being reduced or even dropped altogether.
Source: buckslocalnews.com, "Stolen vehicle strikes car, school bus in Yardley Borough before leading police on chase through Lower Makefield and onto I-95", Oct. 16, 2016