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Pennsylvania man flees police, crashes into trooper

A 31-year-old man, trying to elude police in a high-speed chase, ended his attempted escape after causing a car crash between his vehicle and a Pennsylvania State Police cruiser. The trooper inside sustained injuries, but they were not life-threatening. The crash occurred in Levittown, Pennsylvania.

Just before rush hour, several law enforcement officers were in pursuit of a man seen speeding down New Falls Road. According to a Bristol Township police sergeant, the officers in pursuit were from both Bristol Township, and the Pennsylvania State Police. The man had been driving more than 70 mph on New Falls Road.

The chase led police down New Falls Road, onto Woodbourne Road, then to Oxford Valley Road and finally, back onto New Falls Road. When the driver decided to head into a bank parking lot, he made a U-turn, hoping to avoid the police. As he pulled back onto New Falls Road, he crashed into the cruiser of a state trooper.

The police vehicle was parked in the center median, near the intersection of New Falls Road and Plumtree. The trooper inside the vehicle was injured and taken to St. Mary's Medical Center by an EMS team. Moments after the crash, the fleeing man's vehicle broke down in a parking lot near the scene of the accident. Police apprehended him, and he was taken to a hospital. He sustained a more serious injury to his arm, a deep laceration, but is expected to recover.

According to police, the 31-year-old will face charges of aggravated assault, eluding police and speeding.

Source: Bensalem Patch, "Trevose Trooper Injured In Levittown Crash Following Pursuit," Saliqa Khan and Joe Hart, Aug. 26, 2011

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