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January 3, 2013

Mahoningtown man sentenced in police chase

NEW CASTLE — A Mahoningtown man who led city police on a chase that ended in Ellwood City last June has been sentenced.

Gary James Jones Jr., 29, of 611 N. Liberty St., pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was sentenced by Lawrence County President Judge Dominick Motto to one to three years in the Lawrence County jail with work release granted.

The judge also ordered Jones to pay costs of prosecution, a $2,500 fine and $500 restitution to the victim. In addition, his driver's license is suspended for 18 months.

New Castle police had filed 26 charges against Jones: three counts each of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering others and harassment; two counts each of driving under the influence and causing an accident that caused damage to an unattended vehicle or property; and one count each of fleeing or attempting to elude officers, theft, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving and careless driving.

According to court documents, police were called to a disturbance on West Long Avenue at 11 p.m. June 26. Officers said Jones had attempted to strike three victims with a Ford Ranger. Officers responding said they had encountered the pick-up truck on Arlington Avenue.

Police said they followed the truck to Shenango where township police joined the pursuit, following Jones to Mahoningtown, through Taylor Township and Chewton to Ellwood City.

Police said Jones refused to get out of the truck and a Taser was used. A Taser was deployed again when Jones refused to be handcuffed and fought officers.

Police said they later learned Jones had been angry with his girlfriend for speaking with his former girlfriend. Police learned that in a Long Avenue parking lot, Jones had driven his truck at three people in the lot, striking one, and ramming a car parked in the lot several times, attempting to push the car into the former girlfriend and another individual standing there.

Police said he later chased chasing his girlfriend and her two daughters down an alley, trying to strike them with his vehicle.

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