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Brothersvalley Township man accused of leading police on lengthy chase

May 21, 2019

A 19-year-old Brothersvalley Township man is accused of leading police from two departments on a 31-minute chase over the weekend.

Kyle Ohler, Macdonaldton Road, was driving a 1994 Dodge Ram 2500 at about 2:01 a.m. Sunday when state police attempted to stop the vehicle on Valley Drive in Somerset Township for multiple traffic violations.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, that’s when Ohler led police on a chase that ended east of White Horse Road on Route 31.

During the pursuit, which involved three state police and two Somerset Borough officers, Ohler committed several more traffic violations, including running stop signs and driving on the wrong side of the road, according to police.

The chase ended when police boxed in Ohler’s vehicle. During the process, Ohler rammed multiple police cruisers, according to the affidavit.

Police said Ohler attempted to, but was unable to, accelerate through the vehicles and the chase ended.

A 16-year-old male was a passenger in the vehicle.

Police could smell alcohol on Ohler and found beer cans in the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Ohler was charged Sunday with third-degree felony fleeing or attempting to elude police{&semispace}three felony counts of aggravated assault{&semispace}driving under the influence{&semispace}and five summary offenses.

He was arraigned Sunday before District Judge Ken Johnson, of Somerset, and was sent to the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. May 28 before Johnson. An online court document did not list an attorney for Ohler Monday evening.

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