Police: ‘Paranoid’ Rostraver man led cops on chase in Washington County
A Rostraver man who hit a police cruiser early with his car Tuesday after leading police on a chase through several Washington County communities before surrendering said he ran because he “was paranoid,” according to court documents.
Brody J. McFadden, 48, of Webster, was charged by Monongahela police with aggravated assault, fleeing and eluding, driving under the influence, driving under suspension, reckless endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and multiple traffic offenses after fleeing a traffic stop at 2:35 a.m.
He was arraigned before District Judge Mark Wilson and ordered held in the Washington County prison after failing to post $100,000 bond.
Officer David Marghella said officers were responding to a public drunkenness complaint at the Sheetz on Main Street in Monongahela when McFadden got into a Mazda 6 sedan and fled through the store’s rear parking lot onto Railroad Street.
Marghella said in court documents said McFadden refused to stop and multiple police departments participated in the chase through Carroll Township into New Eagle and on Route 837 in Union Township.
In Union Township, McFadden allegedly hit a Monongahela police cruiser that was attempting to force McFadden’s vehicle into a ditch, court documents said. McFadden’s vehicle reportedly struck the cruiser’s front passenger-side door.
When McFadden finally stopped, Marghella said officers had to forcibly remove him from the vehicle.
“When asked why he ran, (McFadden) stated, ‘I was paranoid’,” Marghella wrote in court papers.
Police learned McFadden, who formerly lived in Donora, was paroled this spring after a 2013 burglary conviction in Westmoreland County.
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