Derry Man Apprehended Following Vehicle Pursuit, PIT Maneuver

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PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 7, 2022


Derry Man Apprehended Following Vehicle Pursuit, PIT Maneuver

Blairsville, PA – A trooper on Friday, September 2 apprehended a Derry man who fled from an attempted traffic stop and was taken into custody following a successful Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) Maneuver.

Johnathon A. Checca, 33, was charged with one felony count of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer and 28 summary traffic violations to include Driving while Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked and Fraudulent Use or Removal of Registration Plate. Following the PIT Maneuver, Checca was taken into custody without incident and was remanded to the Indiana County Jail in lieu of $5,000 monetary bail.

On September 2, 2022 at 11:36 p.m., a member of the Troop A, Indiana Patrol Unit was on patrol and operating a marked patrol unit in Blairsville Borough, Indiana County. The trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for traffic violations on North Walnut Street. The operator failed to yield and fled at a high rate of speed and committed multiple traffic violations while traveling east on SR 22 and then north on SR 119 putting himself, the trooper, and the public in danger.

While in pursuit along SR 119 near SR 22, Burrell Township, the trooper successfully executed a PIT Maneuver and the suspect, Checca, was taken into custody without further incident.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 12 at 10:00 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge Christopher S. Welch.

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Reference CAD Number: PA2022-1128803; Investigating Officer: Tpr. Garrett Glasser

MEDIA CONTACT:  TFC. Cliff Greenfield, 724-357-1998 / Twitter: @PSPTroopAPIO

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Date: 
Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 7:30am

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PA2022-1128803

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