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September 27, 2013

Man whose car hit house waives hearing

NEW CASTLE — A man whose car hit a house on Raymond Street has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Justin Travis Miller, 20, of 927 Temple Ave., is facing more than a dozen charges including multiple traffic violations in connection with the accident, which occurred while he allegedly was dodging a traffic stop by New Castle police.

On Tuesday, District Judge David B. Rishel reduced Miller’s bond from $100,000 to $5,000. The bond was reduced with the commonwealth’s consent, pending a plea agreement later, Rishel explained.

The Sept. 11 accident occurred while officers were trying to stop Miller’s car because he was wanted on a warrant for drug charges. He allegedly turned into an alley, lost control and struck the front porch of a house. He then got out of the car and tried to run from police, but a bystander tackled him. A woman who was at the house suffered an arm injury, police said.

Miller was in possession of 6.4 grams of suspected heroin and a bag of marijuana, according to police.

He faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, driving without a license, driving under the influence, driving while impaired, fleeing and eluding a police officer, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana and traffic violations.

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