CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield teen has been arrested and is facing felony charges after leading police on high speed chase through several jurisdictions last Sunday.
Christian S. Graham, 19, of Clearfield, led police on a high speed chase through Clearfield and surrounding municipalities colliding with police cars as he fled, before crashing in Lawrence Township, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
Graham is charged with aggravated assault — a felony of the second degree; recklessly endangering another person and fleeing and attempting to elude police — both of which are misdemeanors of the second degree; use/possession of drug paraphernalia — an ungraded misdemeanor and 35 summary traffic violations.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, at 8:35 p.m. Jan. 28, Trooper James Ensor with the Clearfield based state police observed a black 1997 Honda Civic driven by Graham traveling north on Pinetop Road near the intersection of Bigler Road in Bradford Township. Ensor ran the registration and it came up as having a dead tag.
Ensor followed and observed the vehicle travel 55-60 miles per hour in a posted 40 mph zone. At the intersection with Main Street, Ensor turned on the emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop, but Graham accelerated and fled.
Graham traveled onto Post Office Road and then onto Route 322 west. Graham then turned west onto the Route 879 and traveled down the bypass before attempting to turn left onto the Old Erie Pike, but slid through the intersection and almost struck the guide rail. Ensor and a Lawrence Township police officer exited their vehicles and attempted to take Graham into custody, but Graham backed up his vehicle and collided with the Lawrence Township patrol unit.
Graham then fled east on Old Erie Pike before turning onto the Glen Richey Highway traveling north. Clearfield Borough police placed a spike strip on the northbound lane near Lawrence Park Village, but Graham avoided the strip by traveling into the southbound lane.
Graham then turned left at the Park Avenue ramp onto Route 879. Ensor and a Lawrence Township patrol unit attempted to box Graham in a rolling roadblock when Graham abruptly turned left, striking a township patrol car. Graham traveled west on Route 879 until he lost control of the vehicle, hit an embankment and spun 360 degrees near the intersection with Airport Road, but continued to flee west.
Ensor then used the PIT maneuver (bump the rear/side of the vehicle), causing Graham to lose control of the vehicle and spin 180 degrees.
Graham attempted to continue fleeing but was taken into custody.
Inside Graham’s vehicle, police found a razor blade, a plastic straw and a half an orange pill.
Graham is incarcerated in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $50,000 monetary bail.