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Driver arrested in high-speed chase

September 13, 2017 Digital Media Exclusive

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Walter S. Kradel

SAXONBURG — A Butler County man is accused of leading police on a car chase that exceeded 100 mph after nearly crashing into another vehicle and forcing an officer's cruiser off the road.

No one was injured in the Aug. 4 pursuit that Saxonburg police ended due to excessive speeds.

The suspect, Walter Scott Kradel, 36, of Jefferson Township, managed to elude capture until his arrest Monday.

Saxonburg Patrolman Jeffrey Sneddon said he was in his marked patrol car traveling west on West Main Street behind a minivan about 10 p.m. when he noticed an older model Hyundai Tiburon that was speeding in the opposing lane.

The driver of the Hyundai forced the minivan onto the sidewalk and Sneddon's cruiser onto nearby State Street, according to court documents.

The officer made a U-turn and activated his emergency lights and siren. The chase was on.

Police said the Hyundai was clocked at 110 mph.

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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