Washington man jailed after police chase

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A Washington man was jailed after police say he led officers on a wild chase Sunday evening.


According to state police, a trooper noticed 41-year-old David Miles Reilly driving his pickup truck recklessly on eastbound Interstate 70 in the area of Jefferson Avenue about 7 p.m. The trooper stopped the vehicle, but as he approached the truck, the driver sped off, and a chase began.


Police say the pursuit continued onto Interstate 79 north at speeds reaching 70 mph before Reilly exited at Meadow Lands and then got back onto the interstate, heading south. Troopers deployed spike strips in the area of the North Junction, and they punctured three of the tires on the pickup truck, but police say Reilly continued driving onto Interstate 70 east, then exited at Jessop Place.


The pursuit continued into a residential area of Canton Township. Police said the tires had come off the front two wheels of the pickup truck, and Reilly was driving on the rims. They said Reilly finally ditched the vehicle on Euclid Avenue near the Cozy Corner bar and fled on foot. After a pursuit of several hundred yards, a Taser was deployed and Reilly struggled with officers before he was taken into custody.


Reilly was charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, DUI and numerous summary traffic offenses. He was placed in the Washington County jail on $50,000 bond set by District Judge Jay Weller.


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