Police chase ends in arrest

April 28, 2014

A Waynesburg man was arrested Saturday night for driving under the influence of alcohol and other charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase during which he failed to stop even after all four of his tires were punctured by spike strips.

Stephen Charles Bihun, 39, of 359 Buckhill Road, was arraigned before District Judge Glenn Bates on charges including fleeing, DUI, resisting arrest, driving under a DUI suspension, habitual offender and numerous summary traffic offenses.

Police said they attempted to stop Bihun’s pickup truck on North Porter Street at 11:57 p.m. after radar indicated he was driving 65 mph in a 25 mph zone. Police said they followed him for 8 ½ miles at speeds reaching 85 mph on Apple Hill Road, Route 19 and Toll Gate Run Road.

Spike strips were deployed on Toll Gate Run Road at Route 21 and deflated all four of his tires. But Bihun continued to flee west on Route 21 for another 1.4 miles, crossing into the eastbound lane numerous times and almost hitting several other vehicles, police said.

Bihun finally stopped his truck and attempted to flee on foot but was taken into custody after a brief struggle in which he was tasered. Police said Bihun appeared intoxicated but refused a blood test. A search warrant was obtained to take a blood sample.

After being arraigned, Bihun was placed in the Greene County jail on $7,500 bond.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. May 7 before Bates.



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