UPDATED: Teen Jailed After Chase During Which Local Judge was Almost Hit
Three witnesses were almost struck during the high-speed chase—including district Judge David Mark.
A Washington man is in jail on a felony count of receiving stolen property and other charges after Canonsburg police said he was the passenger in a stolen vehicle whose driver led officers on a high-speed pursuit Saturday—almost striking a local district judge and two others in the process.
Jamar Jones, 18, was also charged with resisting arrest and reckless endangement related to the incident, online court records show.
During the chase, three men, including district Judge David Mark and a retired North Strabane police officer, were almost hit, police said.
The chase ended on Highfield, where the driver and Jones jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
Patrolman Matthew Tharp was the arresting officer, and said Sunday that he chased Jones on foot before he and a North Strabane officer were able to catch up with him.
However, when they attempted to take him into custody, he resisted and needed to be doused with pepper spray, Tharp said.
Police from Chartiers Township and North Strabane assisted, the patrolman said.
Jones was arraigned Saturday and remanded to the Washington County Jail on a $25,000 straight bond, online court records show.
His preliminary hearing has been set for 11 a.m. Aug. 22, according to online court records.
Tharp said the driver in the case is being sought.