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Police: McKeesport man flees troopers twice

September 19, 2018

A 30-year-old McKeesport man twice ran from police in Somerset Borough Sunday night, according to a criminal complaint.

Bobby Lee Nicholson, Banker Street, was eventually caught in a wooded lot between West Union and West Fairview streets, state police said. He was arraigned Monday morning before District Judge Ken Johnson of Somerset.

Shortly before midnight Sunday, a trooper was behind Nicholson’s vehicle when Nicholson allegedly failed to stop in the designated area before making a right turn on red at North Center Avenue and West Main Street. Police initiated a traffic stop along West Main Street, near Somerset Trust Co. Nicholson stopped his vehicle and immediately fled on foot toward Knepper Insurance Group. A trooper followed on foot but lost him in that area, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

A second trooper stayed with the vehicle and spoke with the passenger, Bernard McKenzie. McKenzie told police he did not know the driver’s name, but the man’s sister was at his residence. The woman identified Nicholson as the driver, police said. A black backpack belonging to Nicholson was found in the residence. It contained his photo identification, a black metal grinder with marijuana, a silver spoon with residue, a glass pipe with residue and two needles, police said.

Police found that Nicholson had an active warrant for a probation violation. Police began to canvas the area. Nicholson was seen walking west on West Union Street at Edgewood Avenue. He saw the troopers and ran into a wooded lot, where he was apprehended, according to the affidavit. Police said he showed signs of drug impairment.

Nicholson was charged with flight to avoid apprehension, trial or punishment, a third-degree felony, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of a combination of drugs, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and six motor vehicle code violations.

He is in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:10 a.m. today (Tuesday) before Johnson. No defense attorney was listed on an online court docket.

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