Mifflin man waives formal arraignment

Report:19-year-old charged in July for high-speed pursuit

MIFFLINTOWN — Travis B. Long, 19, of Mifflin, waived his formal arraignment, Tuesday, after having been charged in July with six criminal counts, including fleeing/attempting to elude police, following a vehicle pursuit which exceeded 80 miles per hour on state route 35, according to court documents.

Documents indicate Long 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. Though Long was able to elude Hildebrand during the pursuit, PSP located Long on July 28, as well as the motorcycle involved in the pursuit, following an anonymous tip.

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