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March 27, 2013

Police chase, arrest alleged car thief

NEW CASTLE — A Michigan man living in Ellwood City was charged after allegedly stealing a car.

Michael Paul Henry, 31, of Rear 305 Park Ave., Ellwood City, is charged with two counts of theft, robbery of a motor vehicle, driving while under the influence of alcohol, fleeing or attempting to elude police and failing to comply with registration as a sex offender.

He was arraigned before District Judge Jerry Cartwright and remains in the Lawrence County jail on $50,000 bond.

Ellwood City police said they were notified about 2:45 a.m. Friday that a 2012 Honda Accord had been taken from an Ellport tavern and the owner was chasing the car on Route 488 toward Ellwood City.

Police found the Honda and the owner in a parking lot, they said, but the driver of the stolen car took off when they arrived. Police said they followed the car, which ran a stop sign and struck a parked car on Glen Avenue. Officers said they stopped the car and pulled the driver — Henry — from the vehicle. They said he appeared to be intoxicated.

The car’s owner told police Henry had taken her car keys from her purse while at a bar. She said a friend took her to her home, about two blocks away, to retrieve a second set of keys and upon her return, saw Henry pull out of the lot in her car.

The victim said she called 911 and remained on the phone as she followed Henry driving her car until police stopped the vehicle.

The victim also told police $60 was missing from her purse.

Police said when questioning Henry they learned he is from Michigan and is a registered sex offender. However, he did not register his Ellwood City address in Michigan or in Pennsylvania.

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