Cops: Jeannette man jailed on $30K bond after 12-mile chase
A Jeannette man was arrested early Sunday after allegedly leading police through multiple Westmoreland County communities for 12 miles at speeds often exceeding 90 mph.
Darrick L. Brown, 22, was charged by state police in Greensburg on one felony count of fleeing and eluding police and 70 multiple traffic counts, including driving without a license, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, failing to obey traffic signals, and driving in excess of 35 mph over the speed limit.
He was arraigned before night court Judge Denise Thiel and ordered held in the Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $30,000 bond.
Trooper Jacob Mitchell reported in an affidavit of probable cause that he was patrolling Route 30 in Hempfield near Tollgate Hill Road at about 4:20 a.m. when Brown passed eastbound at a high rate of speed, “erratically weaving in and out of traffic.”
Mitchell reported in court documents he turned on his emergency lights and siren and chased Brown and approached 90 mph but was unable to keep up with Brown’s 2017 Ford Focus sedan.
Brown exited at the Route 119 exit, where he drove north on South Main Street through Southwest Greensburg and downtown Greensburg, where Greensburg City Police joined the pursuit, Mitchell said.
Police reported that Brown traveling “at a high rate of speed (drove) through six steady red traffic lights.”
Mitchell alleged Brown nearly collided head-on with two vehicles near Mennel Drive near the Shop ‘n Save on North Main Street as he continued north on Route 66 toward Salem Township.
In Salem Township, police said Brown drove on to Brick Hill Road through a field before getting stuck as he went over an embankment.
According to Mitchell, Brown told police that he fled because he does not have a driver’s license. Police also confiscated a firearm from the trunk of the car.
Brown’s hearing is scheduled Feb. 22 before District Judge Mark Mansour.
Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.