Man charged with eluding police during 80+ mph pursuit

MIFFLIN–A 19-year-old man from Mifflin was charged with six criminal counts on Saturday, including fleeing/attempting to elude an officer, following a vehicle pursuit which exceeded 80 miles per hour on state route 35, according to court documents.

Travis Banks Long, according to court documents, was operating a motorcycle on July 4 which did not have a valid Pennsylvania state inspection sticker and had an improperly mounted registration plate. When Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Jeffrey Hildebrand attempted to conduct a traffic stop, he reportedly activated the emergency lights and siren of his unmarked police car and Long reportedly accelerated at a high rate of speed in attempt to elude the PSP trooper. Hildebrand said he was not utilizing a traffic radar at the time, nor could he obtain an accurate clock of Long’s speed, however the trooper reported pursuing Hildebrand, at times, in excess of 80 miles per hour. Hildebrand said he was going well above the marked speed limit during the pursuit and that Long was traveling faster than he was. Ultimately, Long was able to elude Hildebrand during the pursuit.

According to court documents, an anonymous, private citizen contacted PSP Lewistown to report information about the vehicle pursuit on July 4, which lead to determining the motorcycle pursued was registered to Long. PSP located Long on July 28 at his Mifflin residence, as well as the motorcycle involved in the pursuit. Long reportedly admitted to operating the motorcycle and eluding Hildebrand on July 4.

Long was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Michael Schechterly. An unsecured bail of $10,000 was set and a preliminary hearing is pending before Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline Lesiter.