Zelienople motorist faces charges in July car chase
Suspect is now in state prison
December 5, 2012
EVANS CITY — A Zelienople man faces criminal and traffic charges stemming from a high-speed chase this summer in the borough. A preliminary hearing is pending for 39-year-old Robert M. Williamson after borough police on Nov. 21 charged him with fleeing or attempting to elude police, hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license. Additionally, he was cited for reckless driving and three counts of disobeying traffic control devices. Williamson is in the State Correctional Institution-Mercer on a parole violation. Evans City Police Chief Joe McCombs said he was on patrol about 10:45 a.m. July 10 when he saw the suspect speed by in a car on Main Street and run a red light at the intersection of Washington Street. McCombs yelled for the driver to stop, but instead Williamson looked at the chief and accelerated onto Washington Street, failing to stop at a stop sign, according to court documents, Williamson allegedly ran at least one other stop sign as McCombs, in an unmarked car with its siren and emergency lights on, chased after him. Police said Williamson stopped only after his car struck a garage in the 400 block of North Jackson Street. Children told McCombs that they saw the driver get out of the car and run into nearby woods. Police traced Williamson to his home, where he was arrested and placed in the Butler County Prison for a probation violation. He was transferred Nov. 21 to state prison.