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Newry man accused in police chase

From Mirror staff reports

A Newry man is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle.

Ray Gerald Barefoot Jr., 26, was arraigned Monday by Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller on felony charges of receiving stolen property and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, Barefoot was driving Saturday on Dunnings Highway, Freedom Township, in a blue Chevy HHR that was reported stolen from the Hollidaysburg State Police barracks.

When police stopped the vehicle, Barefoot attempted to cover his face, and while officers ordered Barefoot out of the vehicle at gunpoint, he sped away, the report stated.

Barefoot led officers on a chase that lasted four miles before he stopped in the area of Harker Road and Nelson Lane, Freedom Township, according to the report.

After Barefoot was detained, police allegedly discovered a torch-style lighter and multiple Crown Royal bags in the vehicle.

In addition to the fleeing charges, Barefoot faces five charges of recklessly endangering another person and summary offenses of driving with a suspended license and driving at an unsafe speed.

He was remanded to Blair County Prison unable to post cash bail of $30,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Nov. 4 before Magisterial District Judge Andrew L. Blattenberger.

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