2 men arrested after chase

May 30, 2013

Two men were arrested Wednesday night after a chase that started in the Glendale section of Scott Township and continued down Interstate 79 before ending in North Strabane Township.

Facing charges are Robert A. Walker, 36, of Scott Township, identified as the driver, and Albert Horner Jr., 30, of 107 Chartiers Ave., Strabane, who was a passenger.

Lt. Jack Kearney of the Allegheny County sheriff’s department said that he and other members of the department were in the area looking for someone else on a warrant when a vehicle came speeding toward them.

“I had to jump out of the way,” Kearney said Thursday.

The vehicle stopped briefly and as other deputies approached it, passenger, Horner yelled for Walker to take off.

“We could hear him yelling ‘Go, go, go,’ because the windows were down,” Kearney said.

The sheriff’s deputies took off after the vehicle, learning it was registered to a Peters Township woman. Kearney said the vehicle then entered an active work zone on I-79.

“I don’t think they realized we were still behind them because there was a tractor-trailer between their vehicle and one of our unmarked cars,” Kearney said.

The vehicle driven by Walker got off at the Houston exit and took Boone Avenue to the village of Strabane.

“They were just circling around some of the streets,” Kearney said. “Horner jumped out near his home and Walker took off.”

A deputy jumped out of his car and took Horner into custody.

Canonsburg police were notified about 10:40 p.m. by the 911 dispatch center of the pursuit. Kearney estimated the speed at 80 mph.

Canonsburg police Officer Michael Ledger headed to Strabane, where he saw the vehicles coming at him. He joined the chase as it went down Chartiers Avenue, Latimer and Boone avenues before turning on to Route 519 into Houston and Chartiers Township. When Ledger turned onto Ridge Avenue from Chartiers Run Road, two motorists flagged him down and said they had been forced off the road by the other vehicle.

Horner claimed he did not know Walker’s real name, but only knew him as “Goldie.” A Canonsburg police detective was able to determine the driver was Walker.

Kearney said police tracked down the owner of the vehicle at her job, also in Peters. Walker was found hiding in a wooded area near East McMurray and Center Church roads. He had a marijuana grinder with him. Kearney said one of the men indicated they fled because they had just purchased heroin for Horner, but no drug or paraphernalia was found on him.

The vehicle that he had been driving was found in Canonsburg Town Park.

The two were taken to Allegheny County for arraignment.

Walker, who also was wanted on drug charges filed earlier this month by Carnegie police, was charged by the sheriff’s office with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude police, drug charges, conspiracy and traffic violations. Horner was charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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