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March 23, 2012

Slippery Rock man heading to court

NEW CASTLE — A Slippery Rock man remains in the Lawrence County jail after waiving various theft charges to court Thursday.

Kevin Louis McFadden, 43, was charged by Pennsylvania state police in Lawrence and Mercer counties and Pulaski Township officers in Lawrence County. Police said his alleged two-county crime spree included a high-speed chase that began after he backed into a Pulaski Township cruiser.

According to police, the chase began Feb. 21 on Route 158 in Wilmington Township, Mercer County, when Pulaski and New Wilmington officers encountered McFadden. Police were told that he had been harassing a Pulaski Township woman by calling her from a pay phone there.

Police said McFadden fled, heading south on Route 158. Officers pursued him through New Wilmington and Wilmington Township along Route 956 before losing him. Chase speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour at times, police said.

On March 7, a state police fugitive task force in Mercer County arrested McFadden at his mother’s Clintonville home. Officers said it took six officers to subdue McFadden and they had to use a Taser twice.

The charges McFadden waived to court Thursday are receiving stolen property, filed by state police and theft, theft from motor vehicle and receiving stolen property, filed by Pulaski Township police.

He pleading guilty to a charge of harassment. District Judge Scott McGrath, presiding over central court, accepted the guilty plea and fined McFadden $250. Two counts of stalking and one count of terroristic threats were withdrawn by Pulaski Township police.

McFadden was held in the Lawrence County jail on $50,000 bond on the receiving stolen property charge and $5,000 bond on the theft and receiving stolen property charges.

He is expected to be returned to Mercer County where his bond exceeds $200,000.

On March 14, McFadden was held for court on two counts of receiving stolen property. Bond for each count was set at $25,000.

The next day, he was held for court on two counts aggravated assault, four counts recklessly endangering another person, one count each of resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, flight to avoid apprehension, criminal mischief and traffic offenses. His bond for these charges remains at $200,000.

All Mercer County charges were filed by state police.

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

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