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Police chase leads to prison time for Wellsville man

LISBON — A Wellsville man who led St. Clair Township police on a chase late last summer was sentenced on Wednesday to three years and nine months in prison.

Timothy Patrick, 37, Township Line Road, Wellsville, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court Wednesday morning to charges of felonious assault, failure to comply and possession of drugs.

According to Assistant County Prosecutor Alec Beech, the charges stemmed from an attempted stop by St. Clair Township police on Aug. 27, 2020, during which Patrick led police on a 40-minute chase. During the chase the safety of other motorists were jeopardized and he break checked police multiple times, causing an officer with K-9 Noras in the vehicle to strike the back of his vehicle twice.

The chase began on Cannons Mills Road south of Y and O Road and included Patrick driving at speeds of 75 mph in a 25 mph zone. He reportedly weaved in and out of traffic, which caused other drivers to drive off the road in order to keep from being struck.

The pursuit ended on Hazel Run Road after it was determined to be too dangerous to continue.

Patrick was sentenced by Judge Megan Bickerton, who followed the recommendation of the prosecutor’s office in the case.

Beech noted the Prosecutor’s Office takes pursuit charges seriously and credited the St. Clair Township Police Department with their actions in the case.

The drugs charge was for methamphetamines Patrick had in his possession on Jan. 23, 2020.

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