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Flinton man allegedly fled police

CLEARFIELD — A Flinton man is charged with a felony count of fleeing from police for leading them on a chase after he allegedly left the site of an assault.

James Potts, 18, was charged by state police after an incident beginning on Sept. 25 in Irvona.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, in the early morning hours of Sept. 25, Potts and two others arrived at a borough residence.

After a “brief verbal altercation,” Potts allegedly struck a man in his right ear area with the barrel of a shotgun, causing an injury, before fleeing the scene.

A second criminal complaint outlines how a trooper was notified that a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle involved in the assault was traveling toward his location in Coalport Borough.

When he saw the suspect vehicle, it was traveling at a high rate of speed. It pulled into a parking lot, went across a lawn and over a curb before entering Mill Street in the oncoming lane.

The trooper activated his lights and followed the vehicle through a residential area as the vehicle’s speed reportedly reached 80 mph.

The chase continued over 4 miles as the vehicle passed a vehicle on a curve and failed to stop at a stop sign.

After failing to negotiate a left turn at an intersection, the vehicle overturned into a ditch on St. Lawrence Road in Beccaria Township, police said.

Potts was then taken into custody. It was discovered Potts had never been issued a driver’s license, according to the report.

Potts waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the fleeing case Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County, sending the case on to the county court.

Last week he waived charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and summary harassment in the initial case. He is being held in the county jail on $50,000 bail in each case.

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