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July 9, 2014

New Castle man charged in flight from checkpoint

SHARON — A New Castle man wound up in jail after allegedly speeding away from a weekend state police checkpoint in Pine Township.

Christopher Matthew Schleh, 30, didn’t use a turn signal while turning around about 12:15 a.m. Sunday in a parking lot just before the location of the driving under the influence checkpoint at state Route 58 and Irishtown Road, state police said.

When a trooper attempted a traffic stop, Schleh sped through the intersection. The chase reached speeds estimated near 100 mph before barbed “speed sticks” punctured the tires of Schleh’s car, police said.

He jumped out and ran after the car stopped but was found and arrested two hours later at Grove City Coin Laundry, 1406 W. Main St., police said.

Neither Schleh nor his passenger, Stephanie Black, 25, of New Castle, nor pursuing troopers were hurt, police said.

Schleh was charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and fleeing police; misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person; and 17 summary traffic violations.

He failed to post bond at his arraignment before District Justice D. Neil McEwen, Grove City, and was taken to Mercer County Jail. Schleh is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 16.

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