Driver accused of fleeing identified
State police at Indiana on Saturday identified the driver of the pickup truck who led troopers on a chase Friday evening before crashing into the concrete base of a sign and being critically injured.
Police charged Charles Randolph, 59, of Indiana, with two counts of aggravated assault, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, two counts of simple assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another person and numerous traffic offenses.
Police said the incident began about 7:45 p.m. Friday on Philadelphia Street when a state trooper tried to pull Randolph over for driving through a stop sign. Police said that instead of stopping, Randolph twice attempted to hit the trooper’s vehicle with his truck.
The pickup was spotted a few minutes later in White Township and a second pursuit began after Randolph steered the truck toward a state police cruiser, according to police.
Randolph ran several red lights, police said, but was stopped by troopers executing a PIT — a precision immobilization technique — that caused Randolph to lose control of the truck and it crashed into the base of a sign for Mohawk Lanes.
Police said the pickup caught fire but Randolph was pulled from the truck and taken into custody before Indiana firefighters arrived.
Police said Randolph was injured in the crash. He was first taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. A spokeswoman at AGH Saturday evening said Randolph is in critical condition.