High-speed chase ends in crash
What started with a city patrolman attempting to stop a motorist for a non-functioning license plate light resulted in a high-speed chase that ended on Sulpher Springs Road in Armstrong Township, where the fleeing driver crashed, according to an affidavit.
Brandon David Hill, 18, of 59 Gap Road, Montgomery, fled from the officer in the 100 block of Maynard Street about 12:15 a.m. on Sept. 15, police said.
Hill traveled east on Interstate 180, across the Market Street bridge and into South Williamsport, where he drove through an active work zone at 60 mph, Patrolman Ryan J. Brague said in the affidavit.
Hill continued south on Sulpher Springs Road, where his car crashed a few miles south of the borough. Apparently unhurt, he bolted from the scene and called 9-1-1 to report that his car had been stolen, Brague said.
The diver soon returned to the scene, telling police what he told the 911 dispatcher, Brague said. However, shortly after he was taken into custody, Hill admitted that his initial statements about the theft were false. He said he fled because he did not have a license, Brague added.
Arraigned Tuesday morning before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on charges of felony fleeing police, recklessly endangering, reckless driving, false reports to law enforcement, speeding through a work zone and driving with a suspended license, Hill was released on $25,000 bail.