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Police: Man led police on high speed chase

December 13, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

William McCurdy of Franklin Township, charged with leading police on high-speed chase in Butler, Franklin townships.

BUTLER TWP — State police say that a man led troopers on a chase, topping speeds of 110 mph on Route 422 before he eventually slid into a ditch.

His excuse for not stopping in the first place? He didn’t want his girlfriend to find out that he was driving her car with a suspended license, police said.

William J. McCurdy, 50, of Franklin Township is facing a hearing next month in connection with the weekend arrest.

He is charged with a felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude police and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment.

Police also cited him for 16 traffic violations.

A pair of troopers were conducting radar enforcement on Route 422 at Greenwood Drive in Butler Township about 7:40 p.m. Saturday, according to court documents, when McCurdy drove by in a 2011 Toyota Scion.

He was clocked at 95 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Police said they activated their emergency lights and siren and took off after the defendant. But instead of stopping, he allegedly accelerated.

Read how this police chase ended in Friday’s Butler Eagle.