NEW CASTLE — A New Castle man is in Lawrence County jail charged with fleeing police with an infant in the vehicle.
Bail for Bryan Frank Alston, 30, was set at $250,000 after he was arraigned by District Judge Scott A. McGrath.
New Castle police filed 68 charges against Alston, including endangering the welfare of children, driving under the influence and 28 counts of fleeing or eluding police.
Alston was arrested Friday night after he allegedly led police on a chase that began downtown and continued into Shenango Township.
The chase ended with the Jeep Cherokee that police say Alston was driving crashing into a Chevrolet Trailblazer at the intersection of East Washington Street and Lakeview Avenue. The infant and the driver of the other vehicle were not injured, police said.
Police contacted a representative of Lawrence County Children and Youth Services, who took custody of the child and transported her to Jameson Hospital for evaluation.
Police said Alston began to flee after officers did a registration check when he was stopped at East Washington Street and Croton Avenue. Police determined the plate was registered to a different vehicle and attempted to pull the driver over. The driver slowed down, then began to accelerate, proceeding south on East Washington Street, police said.
Police said Alston, driving at a high speed, passed a vehicle at Taylor Street, forcing it off the road. As the chase continued, police noticed something being thrown out the driver’s side of the sport utility vehicle. Police recovered the item, which was found to be a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.
The gun had one round partially chambered and an additional two rounds in the magazine, police said.
Police continued to pursue the vehicle into Shenango Township, where township officers joined in the pursuit. As the sport utility vehicle approached the intersection with Lakeview Avenue, it caused a rear-end collision with the Trailblazer, forcing it off the road and nearly striking some gasoline pumps.
Alston attempted to flee the scene on foot, police said, and four officers were required to take him into custody when he resisted.
When police checked the vehicle, they found the infant secured in a car seat behind the front passenger seat. Police said the child had no visible injuries and was not crying.
Police said they could smell an alcohol odor on Alston and found an open bottle of alcohol in the vehicle. They also found an unknown light brown substance in the vehicle and later found a plastic bag with the same substance in the cruiser where Alston had been sitting, police said.
Other charges filed against Alston include carrying a firearm without a license, reckless driving and multiple traffic violations.