Claysburg man accused of fleeing traffic stop
Police say Billotte fled at speeds over 100 mph
MARTINSBURG — A Claysburg man accused of exceeding 100 mph while fleeing police is behind bars facing more than a dozen charges, including a felony.
He was later found lying in a cornfield.
On Friday, Joseph D. Billotte, 28, of 148 Catherine St., allegedly drove his white Chevrolet Cavalier away from police when they attempted to conduct a traffic stop at the Spring Plaza parking lot.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Roaring Spring Borough police, Billotte fled at speeds sometimes in excess of 100 mph, as he made erratic turns and ignored at least four stop signs.
As he turned left onto Lock Mountain Road, Billotte left his lane multiple times, once while facing an oncoming vehicle, “which placed others in danger of serious bodily injury or even death,” police said.
While still traveling north on Lock Mountain Road, police lost sight of the Cavalier as it disappeared into a cloud of dust, according to the complaint.
The vehicle was later found about 150 feet into a cornfield on the southern side of Lock Mountain Road, police said.
Billotte was not inside.
Multiple agencies were contacted to conduct a search, and, nearly two hours later, Billotte was found lying in the field, police said.
“During questioning, (Billotte said) he took off because his license was suspended and was scared, but he regretted his choice while he was lying in the cornfield,” an officer wrote in the complaint.
Billotte also allegedly admitted to intentionally driving the vehicle into the cornfield in an attempt to hide from police.
Billotte faces a felony charge of fleeing from police and misdemeanors of recklessly endangering another person and agricultural vandalism, as well as 14 summary charges.
Billotte was arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger. Online court documents say he was being held in the Blair County Prison unable to post 10 percent of $15,00 bail.
Online court documents show he is to appear for a preliminary hearing at
9 a.m. Thursday.
Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.