Police arrest chase suspect

PSP says Duffield was wanted for her alleged role in heroin trafficking ring

A high-speed chase on I-99 ended with spike strips and the arrest of a Blair County woman wanted on drug charges.

Stephanie Duffield, 56, of Duncansville was taken into custody Wednesday night after leading state police on a chase down I-99, according to Trooper Jeff Petucci of Troop G in Hollidaysburg.

Duffield was wanted on felony conspiracy, corrupt organization and related drug charges stemming from her alleged role in a multi-million dollar New York/York/Altoona heroin trafficking ring. Police announced last week they had broken up the ring after a lengthy investigation by Altoona police, state attorney general drug agents and state police.

Duffield is accused of driving two of the ring’s major players around so they could sell heroin, according to a grand jury report released last week. According to her charges, Duffield first met Terron Miller, 30, of Altoona, in May 2015 and then drove him around Blair County so he could sell heroin.

Later that summer, Duffield met one of the two York men who allegedly spearheaded the alleged trafficking scheme, 36-year-old Wayne Davis, and started driving him around so he could sell ecstasy and heroin.

On Wednesday night, a Tyrone Borough police officer spotted Duffield’s vehicle and Duffield fled state police who tried to stop the 2003 Hyundai sedan on I-99, Petucci said.

Duffield fled south until spike strips just before the 17th Street exit in Altoona flattened three of her tires, and she was forced to pull over, state police said.

Duffield was taken into custody by Blair County sheriff’s deputies on three outstanding bench warrants tied to three 2015 drug cases that remain unresolved. She was arraigned Thursday morning on her latest narcotics case, and Petucci said charges related to the crash are pending.

Bail was set at $50,000 cash bail by Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson on Thursday morning, and Duffield remains locked up pending a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Tyrone District Court.

Duffield also faces two felony retail theft charges filed by Freedom Township police earlier this year.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.