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Teen driver arrested after chase

Car eventually crashes in field

August 4, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

Kenneth Wagner

A teenage driver is accused of leading state police on a weekend chase in which speeds reached 115 mph before crashing in a field in Cherry Township.

State police said they eventually had to forcibly remove the suspect, Kenneth R. Wagner, 19, of Cherry Township, from his car following the 11-mile pursuit. Neither he nor his front-seat passenger, a 16-year-old girl, were injured.

The girl, police said, told troopers that she had asked Wagner “to stop on multiple occasions.”

Trooper Austin Griffith was in his cruiser on Route 8 in Center Township just before 2 a.m. Saturday when he saw a Toyota sedan with a faulty headlight, police said.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that appeared in Wednesday’s Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article.