Chase ends in pileup in Hempfield
A five-mile chase that started when a teen driver tried to elude police ended in a four-vehicle crash in Hempfield on Tuesday afternoon, Penn Township police said.
Corey Milne, 18, of Penn Township faces a multitude of charges for leading police on a chase that didn't end until two township police cars were damaged.
Township police Sgt. John Otto said the chase began just before 4 p.m. when police tried to stop Milne for a traffic violation. Five miles and several crashed cars later, Milne was in jail facing multiple felony charges.
Two Penn Township police cars were damaged when they rammed Milne's pickup truck, which already had hit a sedan stopped at the intersection of Sheridan Road (Business Route 66) and Oakford Park Road, police said. No one was injured in the crash.
Traffic was backed up on Sheridan Road north of Toll 66 (Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass).
The chase began on Burrell Hill Road in Penn Township, said township police Lt. Ralph Boura. He said Milne ignored a traffic stop, instead speeding toward Hempfield on Bushy Run Drive and turning onto Sheridan Road, heading toward Greensburg.
As one officer pursued Milne, Boura said, a second tried to box him in, but Milne used his truck to ram the car and sped away. Another officer tried to block Milne, but he fled through a parking lot. Finally, Boura said, Milne hit a Pontiac Grand Am at the intersection of Sheridan and Oakford Park roads, and two squad cars were able to ram the truck and bring it to a stop.
"We were trying to get him stopped before he hurt somebody," Boura said.
Unfortunately, he noted, two squad cars had to be sacrificed. Pointing to one, which had been damaged on the passenger's side, Boura said, "That car's only about a year old. It's only got a couple miles on it."
Otto said Milne was facing video arraignment last night and was expected to be lodged in Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of bond.
Corey Milne, 18