Local man in custody after leading police on chase through Indiana County

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A local man is behind bars after he allegedly led police on a chase through Indiana County.

According to Pennsylvania state police, a trooper attempted to make a traffic stop for violations on North Walnut Street in Blairsville Borough on Sept. 2 at 11:36 a.m.

Instead of stopping, the driver fled at a high rate of speed and committed more traffic violations while driving east on State Route 22 and then north on State Route 119, according to state police.

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The trooper was able to use a defensive maneuver to stop the driver in Burrell Township.

The man, identified as 33-year-old Johnathon Checca, from Derry, was taken into custody without further incident, according to police.

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Checca is charged with one felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude police officers; 28 summary traffic violations to include driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked; and fraudulent use or removal of registration plate.

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