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Police: City man crashed stolen vehicle

Sipes faces theft, drug charges

An Altoona man is in jail after police say he wrecked a stolen car.

It’s the second vehicle 25-year-old Daniel M. Sipes Jr. is accused of stealing, according to charges filed by Altoona police.

Sipes is accused of stealing a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado that was parked on the 1500 block of 15th Street on the afternoon of June 20. The truck was later found on Frankstown Road and a witness and other evidence put Sipes in the truck at the spot where it was found.

On Friday, Altoona police received a report that a Chevrolet Malibu was stolen sometime overnight. After an Altoona officer at 14th Avenue and 13th Street spotted the car heading toward him on 13th Street about

3 p.m., the driver turned and accelerated.

Officers were looking for the Malibu when police were dispatched a short time later for a crash on 16th Avenue at 15th Street where the driver had fled, according to the charges.

Police said Sipes was found in some brush on a hillside near Gospel Hill. Sipes had been identified as a suspect in the car theft earlier in the day and police indicated surveillance footage from houses on 16th Avenue provided high-quality video of the car traveling at a high speed before it almost hit another vehicle head-on and then wrecked into two parked cars.

The video also showed Sipes getting out of the Malibu and running, according to police.

A search of the stolen car turned up a syringe filled with a clear liquid that police said contained suspected methamphetamine. Four containers of the drug and another syringe were also found in the car.

Sipes is already facing charges in Logan Township in connection with the illegal use of bank cards from a wallet that was stolen out of a vehicle in May. Sipes is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Matt Dunio on Aug. 20.

Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller set bail for Sipes on Friday night on both his Altoona police cases stemming from the two stolen vehicles.

Judge Miller set bail at $20,000 for the case involving the theft of the Silverado pickup truck where Sipes is charged with felony conspiracy and receiving stolen property.

Sipes is charged with felony receiving stolen property and misdemeanor counts of drug and drug paraphernalia possession in the case of the stolen Malibu. Judge Miller set Sipes’ bail at $15,000 cash.

Sipes remains in Blair County Prison and is slated to appear at Central Court on Aug. 12 for his preliminary hearings.

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