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 said he was the passenger in a stolen vehicle whose driver —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.

Amanda Gillooly August 12, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Gentlemen - while I appreciate you both being a part of the conversation, I deleted your comments because they contained personal attacks. If you'd like to rephrase and repost, feel free. If you'd like to speak with me personally, please feel free to call anytime. My number is 724-510-5659. Thanks!
Amanda Gillooly August 12, 2012 at 02:59 AM
1. I don't think I have to remind anyone that this man—despite being charged—is innocent until proven guilty. 2. I AM deleting your second comment. Rules are rules, and all I ask is that you abide by them. I don't think I'm being unreasonable.
Amanda Gillooly August 12, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Jerry, I don't think asking people to refrain from publicly attacking someone—anyone—is being unreasonable. Yes, I can understand your perspective. But there are no personal attacks on this site on my watch—regardless of who you are talking about. This man isn't getting special "protection" from your comments. I am simply trying to keep this a civil forum.
Amanda Gillooly August 12, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Jerry, While I appreciate you reading and conversing on Patch, you've been warned several times about your comments breaking our terms of service. I am suspending your account for this reason. As always, if you'd like to speak with me personally, my number is 724-510-5659. Thanks for your understanding in this matter.
bruce Atkins August 12, 2012 at 09:44 PM
you only want people to read what you want them to read. Period.
Amanda Gillooly August 13, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Bruce, I print what I can prove through interviews and online court dockets. That's my job. If you would like to speak with me personally, my number is 724-510-5559.


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