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High speed chase went through three counties

By Staff | Aug 31, 2018

MONTGOMERY – A 24-year-old intoxicated motorist was locked up on assault-related charges following a lengthy high-speed chase early Saturday morning, August 18, that went through three counties, reached speeds in excess of 100 mph and resulted in damage to two state police cruisers, according to Montgomery police.

Shawn Pysher, of 1441 Petersburg Road, Allenwood, was locked up in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $300,000 bail following his arraignment before District Judge William Solomon.

Driving a 2006 Kia, Pysher fled from Montgomery Patrolman Eric Winters after he ran a stop sign at Second and Broad streets about 1:40 a.m.

“The vehicle drove across the Montgomery Second Street bridge, swerving from lane to lane Shortly after exiting the bridge, it ran off the roadway and struck an embankment,” Winters said in an affidavit.

Pysher continued and drove right at Winters’ cruiser before turning south on Route 405, Winters said, adding that the pursuit continued into Northumberland and Union counties and then back into Lycoming County north on Route 15.

At the lookout in Armstrong Township, one of Pysher’s tires was flattened after he drove over spike strips state troopers set up in an effort to stop him, Winters said.

As he passed the Little League World Series complex, Pysher was traveling at speeds near 80 mph, Winters said, adding that state police then took over the pursuit.

Even after striking a state police cruiser near Route 15 and Seventh Avenue in South Williamsport, Pysher “revved his engine, and drove toward officers” who were walking toward him on foot with their guns drawn, Winters said.

Pysher turned his car around and headed south on 15, but the chase finally ended after he struck a second state police cruiser and was forcibly pulled from his car, Winters said.

Pysher, who was not injured, was charged with felony fleeing police, recklessly endangering, aggravated assault, causing or risking a catastrophe, resisting arrest and related offenses, Winters said.