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Driver who led Penn Township Police on chase arrested on multiple charges

September 25, 2018

A Trafford man accused of leading police on a multi-jurisdictional chase Wednesday from Penn Township into Monroeville was arrested on multiple criminal complaints and traffic charges.

Michael L. Shaffer, 20, is charged by Penn Township Police with fleeding and eluding police, driving at an unsafe speed, illegal possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless driving.

Officer Blake Danowski reported in an affidavit of probable cause he was on patrol in a residential area of Meadowbrook Road about 9:30 a.m. when he saw a 2014 Chrysler 300 sedan driving at a high rate of speed in an area posted for 25 miles per hour.

Danowski reported that he pursued the vehicle west on Meadowbrook Road, but called off the pursuit due to safety concerns. Danowski said that Shaffer was travelling at 70 miles per hour.

Police reported they later spotted Shaffer on Saunders Station Road in Monroeville near a marked Monroeville Police vehicle and he pulled over.

Danowski said Shaffer told officers that he did not realize he was being pursued.

Police allege Shaffer was in possession of crushed Percocet tablets without a prescription and there were traces of the painkiller on folded dollar bills in his possession. He was arraigned before District Judge Helen Kistler and released on signature bond pending a preliminary hearing.

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