Police: Duncansville man fled stop
MARTINSBURG — A Duncansville man is facing fleeing and drug-related charges after failing to pull over for a traffic stop on June 20.
According to the criminal complaint, a Freedom Township Police officer was parked along Dunnings Highway and Commerce Lane in Freedom Township when he heard a loud scraping noise. The officer then observed a vehicle driven by Michael L. Salat, 45, weaving all over the roadway with one of its tires missing.
Police attempted to stop Salat, but he continued driving through both lanes of traffic at about 60 mph. Police pursued the vehicle for 1.5 miles before finally stopping it at Dunnings Highway and Shamrock Lane.
When police questioned Salat as to why he didn’t stop, he allegedly said he did not see them behind him. Salat also said he was unaware he was driving on one rim but allegedly told police that he noticed a “minor shift” in the way the vehicle handled.
Police said that Salat had a “staggering gate” and that he was sweating excessively, slurring his speech and appeared visibly intoxicated.
Police said Salat began complaining of stomach pain. The officer said he noticed a white substance on Salat’s cheek and wrist which turned out to be roll on deodorant. The officer said he believes Salat had either eaten the deodorant or ingested a controlled substance. Police said Salat requested an ambulance and was transported to UPMC Altoona.
A search of Salat’s vehicle allegedly turned up a small pill capsule with traces of a white powdery substance, a tray and two straws with trace amounts of a white powdery substance. A field test indicated the powdery substance to be cocaine.
Salat is facing felony fleeing from police as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.
He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger and released on $10,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 9 in front of Blattenberger.