WEEDVILLE — A Weedville man’s preliminary hearing will be held in Elk County Tuesday, following a Feb. 16 incident.
Ridgway State Police responded to a one-vehicle rollover at 4:53 p.m. on Mount Zion Road in Jay Township on Feb. 16, and a trooper observed a gold Jeep Cherokee apparently fleeing the area, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
As Seth Stephen Duttry, 27, of Weedville, drove away, he allegedly ran a stop sign at a nearby intersection. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, which accelerated at a high speed and drove in the opposite lane of travel, running another stop sign at Caledonia Road and State Route 25. Duttry turned right onto Old Byrnedale Road, then right onto Kunes Road. Police lost sight of the vehicle after it went through a field and wooded area, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
Police say they spoke to Mark Duttry, the suspect’s father, at his camp on Gontero Road, who reportedly said, “I know who you’re looking for, he just came flying through here and took off through the field. He’s crazy, and he’s going to hurt somebody. I’ve been dealing with his problems for too long, and he needs to be stopped.”
Duttry is facing 22 counts — two felony counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, two counts of limitations on driving on the left side of the roadway, one count of operating a vehicle with the driver seat or back seat not firmly attached, driving without registration, unauthorized use of registration and without financial responsibility and official state inspection, two counts of driving on roadways laned for traffic and failing to stop at stop signs, three counts of not using turning movements and required signals, one count of not driving at a safe speed and two counts of careless and reckless driving.
In a separate case, Duttry is also charged with a second-degree felony of criminal trespassing and damaging property.
Duttry is confined in the Elk County Jail after he was unable to post $10,000 bail, according to court documents. His preliminary hearing will be held at the office of District Judge Mark Jacob at noon Tuesday.