High-speed pursuit ends with arrest
August 19, 2010
A high-speed police pursuit, which began in New York State, ended in Warren County on Tuesday evening, sending one man to jail.
According to Conewango Township police, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Bruce W. Johnson Jr., 21, of Jamestown, N.Y., attempted to evade police in New York State and traveled south on Route 62 into Pennsylvania. Traveling in excess of 100 mph, police said Johnson passed several motorists almost causing a head-on collision with on-coming traffic.
Police indicated that the pursuit continued into Conewango Township on Market Street where Johnson turned off his headlights in an attempt to elude pursuing officers. Johnson turned onto Jackson Run Road where the vehicle failed mechanically and resulted in a crash behind a building in the woods, police said. Conewango Township Police Chief Jerry Falconer reported that there were no injuries as a result of the crash.
Johnson and the four other passengers in the vehicle were taken into police custody and transported for further questioning. Johnson was found to be under the influence of marijuana and was subsequently charged with a felony count of fleeing and attempting to elude police, four counts of recklessly endangering the welfare of another person and nine counts of summary traffic violations, police said.
According to police, Johnson was committed to the Warren County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, pending extradition to New York State for further charges. The four passengers in Johnson’s car were released after questioning.
Conewango Township police were assisted by Pennsylvania State Police, Lakewood-Busti Police, Jamestown Police and Chautauqua County Sheriff deputies.