BURRELL TOWNSHIP — State police captured two Pittsburgh-area men following a car chase that ended when the fleeing car wrecked early Saturday afternoon on Route 22.
Darrell Eley, of Braddock, and Andrew McCrommon, of Pittsburgh, were sent to the Indiana County Jail to await court appearances on vehicle theft and firearms charges.
Investigators disabled one of the suspects with a stun gun during a foot chase and found the other hiding in a hollow log in a wooded area, according to a report.
Troopers at Indiana reported this morning that patrol officers took up pursuit of a speeding 2016 Audi A4 in the westbound lanes of the highway at 12:34 p.m. in West Wheatfield Township. Police learned that the car had been reported stolen in Pittsburgh and followed the Audi until it hit a curb near the Sheetz convenience store and was rendered undriveable.
As Eley and McCrommon fled on foot, troopers used a Taser to immobilize Eley but lost track of McCrommon, police said.
Almost two hours later, police learned that McCrommon waved down a passing car along Cornell Road, but the driver refused to give him a ride and he ran into the nearby woods.
“With assistance from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, McCrommon was located and taken into custody after he was found to be hiding in a hollow log in the wooded area,” Trooper Cliff Greenfield reported this morning.
Investigators discovered a .40-caliber pistol at the scene and determined that McCrommon, 28, was at the wheel of the Audi during the chase.
Police charged him with felony counts of fleeing or attempting to elude police and receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and six traffic infractions.
Eley, 31, was charged with prohibited possession of a firearm and possession of a gun without a permit, both felonies, and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Judge Jennifer Rega of Blairsville District Court set bond at $50,000 for each and scheduled a hearing for Dec. 11.