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City man accused of fleeing police

A city man faces multiple charges after allegedly leading police on a chase, causing an accident and then fleeing on foot.

Ryan James Termin, 43, faces a felony charge of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, along with misdemeanor charges of recklessly endangering another person, accidents involving damage to attended vehicle/property, possessing access device, DUI controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He also faces several summary charges.

When Altoona police officers responded Tuesday to a home on the 200 block of West 14th Avenue for a reported verbal domestic disturbance, Termin was spotted fleeing the scene in a green Chevrolet truck, court documents state.

Police followed the truck and observed Termin fail to stop at the intersection of Broadway and West 14th Avenue as he turned south on Broadway. Despite police activating lights and sirens, Termin continued south on Broadway and turned east onto North 12th Avenue and onto North Sixth Street traveling at a high rate of speed through a number of intersections, police reported. Termin turned south on North Fifth Street, and officers pulled back due to safety concerns.

Officers found a tan Chevrolet Malibu on North Fifth Street with damage to the front driver’s side and hood area. Both occupants were taken to UPMC Altoona by AMED for treatment of injuries. Security footage later obtained by police showed Termin strike the vehicle before continuing south on North Fifth Street, court documents state. Termin was ultimately located running on Old Sixth Avenue, where he was stopped and detained by officers.

According to court documents, Termin said he fled officers because he was scared. His truck, which had sustained disabling damage, was found in the woods along Old Sixth Avenue. An inventory of the vehicle turned up a small piece of burnt tin foil and part of a stamped wax packet on the front seat.

Termin was transported to UPMC Altoona for a blood draw and then was processed at APD, where officers found an empty white heroin wax packet, a PNC Bank card and an Access card, both under another person’s name. When contacted, that person stated Termin did not have permission to have his cards, police said.

Termin was arraigned Wednesday in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio. Unable to post $30,000 bail, he was remanded to the Blair County Prison. His preliminary hearing is set for July 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio.

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