Man gets up to 12 years in chase

bmilazzo@centredaily.comJune 21, 2014 

A man involved in a police chase in Clearfield and Centre counties last year was sentenced Friday to four years and 60 days to 12 years in prison.

The Centre County District Attorney’s Office released a statement that said Gary A. Randall — who was scheduled for a jury trial Monday — pleaded no contest to all charges and was sentenced by Judge Pamela A. Ruest on Friday.

Randall was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude officers and theft of leased property, both third-degree felonies; six counts of recklessly endangering another person and a count of resisting arrest, all second-degree misdemeanors; and summary traffic violations.

On Nov. 21, state police at Rockview witnessed a Dodge Avenger with a Tennessee license plate driving in Clearfield County that was registered as a stolen vehicle from DuBois.

When a traffic stop was initiated near Interstate 80, Randall led police on a high-speed chase from state Route 970 in Bradford Township, Clearfield County, to U.S. Route 322 in Centre County to state Route 879 and back to I-80, the report said.

Police reported that Randall reached speeds of 145 mph.

Randall eventually came to a stop on the right berm of I-80 near the Snow Shoe exit after hitting a second set of stop sticks and blowing a tire, the DA’s report said.

Randall then exited his vehicle and made movements that appeared he was armed, according top police.

Police — believing Randall was armed and asking him numerous times to remove his hand from his jacket — then shot him in the arm, the report said.

When Randall then attempted to flee on foot, police detained him.

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