Man accused of fleeing waives hearing

Knepp allegedly ‘ignored every stop sign’

CLEARFIELD — A Sandy Ridge man, who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase, waived his right to

a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County.

Joshua Duane Knepp, 20, was charged with two felony counts of fleeing or attempting to elude police, misdemeanor intentional possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor DUI and 24 traffic summaries as a result of his actions on Aug. 14 in Houtzdale. According to the affidavit of probable cause, while at a convenience store at 10:50 p.m., a trooper saw a white “crotch rocket” make a “redundant trip” around Houtzdale.

He decided to follow the motorcycle, which did not appear to have a license plate. The trooper activated his emergency lights and got closer to the cycle, where he could see the license plate was concealed by the rear wheel but had expired in May, police said.

The motorcycle reportedly accelerated, and the officer followed at speeds greater than 100 mph as they traveled through Ramey on Route 253 then back to Houtzdale and to Osceola Mills on Route 53.

The “rocket ignored every stop sign and red light in the process,” the report said.

Eventually, the motorcycle was caught between two patrol cars where it slowed down.

The first trooper was able to get out of his vehicle and yell “freeze,” but the driver, identified as Knepp, refused. Knepp was then struck by the trooper’s Taser.

A search of the driver allegedly yielded three suspected klonopin pills, a lock box with marijuana residue and $2,200 in cash.

Knepp admitted to using marijuana three hours prior to the incident, according to the report.

He remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail.