Police: Driver exceeded 130 mph in pursuit

Documents: Man topped 115 mph on Third Street

LEWISTOWN — A 23-year-old man was charged Thursday with eight criminal counts after initiating a police chase exceeding 115 mph through downtown Lewistown Wednesday night and topping 130 mph on a nearby highway, according to court documents.

Dylan M. White, of Lewistown, failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Third and Main streets in Lewistown Borough at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday, according to court documents, and accelerated in speed once Lewistown Police Department officers activated their lights and sirens.

Police said White traveled at a high rate of speed along Third Street through its intersections with North Main, North Wayne, North Grand and North Juniata streets, without stopping at each intersection, then traveled onto West Fourth Street, reaching speeds in excess of 115 mph. LPD officers also reported seeing White pass two vehicles over a double yellow line at those speeds.

Police followed White onto the U.S. 522 on-ramp in Granville Township where White turned off his vehicle lights, according to court documents. White reportedly illuminated the vehicle lights when police began to gain on him, then accelerated to speeds in excess 130 mph on U.S. 22 East/U.S. 522 South going back toward U.S. 322. It was at that point police terminated the pursuit.

According to court documents, at 11:23 p.m., Mifflin County Regional Police Department reported a crash involving a vehicle matching the description of the one LPD had pursued. LPD arrived to the scene of the crash and confirmed the vehicle involved was the one it had been pursuing and interviewed the passenger.

The passenger advised LPD that White was driving and had fled police because “he panicked” and provided LPD with a written statement stipulating to the incident, according to court documents.

LPD also interviewed White, who admitted to fleeing police, according to court documents. One officer reported detecting an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from White’s person. White advised the officer he had a few drinks earlier in the evening, according to court documents, and was taken to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital for a blood draw.

White was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jack Miller and committed to Mifflin County Correctional Facility, unable to post the $35,000 bail set. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 15.