Martinsburg man faces felony for fleeing police

Police say a Martinsburg man was drunk when he fled Blair Township police on a motorcycle.

Daniel L. Brunner, 42, of 175 Cross Lane Road, faces a felony fleeing police charge along with misdemeanor DUI and drug paraphernalia counts stemming from his alleged encounter with Blair Township police Wednesday night during which Brunner allegedly sped off on a 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when an officer tried to pull him over.

According to charges filed by Blair Township police Officer Nathan R. Hale, about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday Hale drove past Brunner in the opposite direction on Route 36, near Shaffer Lane.

Police allege Brunner nearly hit Hale’s vehicle after Brunner rode onto the double yellow lines of the road.

Hale turned his vehicle around and followed Brunner south on Route 36 and noted in the charges that Brunner crossed the double yellow lines into the opposite lane several times before coming to a red light. It was then that Brunner allegedly stopped, but then rode through the red light as the officer called in the motorcycle’s license plate.

When Hale turned on his emergency lights to have Brunner pull over, Brunner allegedly sped off.

Brunner eventually pulled over after riding for several miles, and police said he had to use the motorcycle to steady himself.

Brunner told the officer he stopped because he

didn’t want anyone to get hurt, police noted in the charges. Brunner allegedly smelled of alcohol and after refusing to perform any field sobriety tests, he was taken to the Hollidaysburg Police Department for a breath test.

A marijuana pipe was found in a right, front pocket when Brunner was taken into custody, police added.

The results of that test showed Brunner had a breath alcohol content of 0.178 percent.

Brunner was released on a unsecured $35,000 bond after his arraignment Thursday, and a preliminary hearing is slated for Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner.