Additional Details Released on Police Pursuit in Barkeyville

| March 13, 2019

BARKEYVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Additional details have come to light regarding a police pursuit that began in Barkeyville Borough early Monday morning.

Court documents indicate 43-year-old Lenny Dean Porter Jr., of Chicora, was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 5:53 a.m. on Monday, March 11, on the following charges:

  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer, Felony 3
  • Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
  • DUI: Controlled Substance – Impaired Ability – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
  • Marijuana-Small Amount Personal Use, Misdemeanor
  • Careless Driving, Summary
  • Reckless Driving, Summary
  • Driving Unregistered Vehicle, Summary
  • Obscured Plates – Prevent Reading at Reasonable Distance, Summary
  • No Rear Lights, Summary
  • Operate Vehicle Without Required Financial Responsibility, Summary
  • Obedience to Traffic-Control Devices, Summary
  • Driving at Safe Speed, Summary

He remains lodged in the Venango County Jail on $10,000.00 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, in Venango County Central Court.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint. Troopers Miller and Lindenberg, of the Franklin-based State Police, were traveling south on State Route 8 in Barkeyville Borough, turning into the Kwik Fill parking lot when they noticed a pickup truck at the south entrance, stopped and waiting to turn onto State Route 8.

As they passed the truck, Trooper Miller noted that the plate was obscured with mud to the point it could not be read. Trooper Lindenberg then activated the emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop.

The vehicle, a dark-colored Ford F150, failed to stop, the complaint indicates.

Trooper Lindenberg then activated the siren, and the pickup truck continued to drive away, at a faster speed.

According to the complaint, the pursuit went on for approximately 25 minutes at speeds of over 80 miles per hour going from Venango County to Butler County.

Butler-based State Police then utilized spike strips on West Sunbury Road just north of Mahood Road and struck the pickup’s front tires.

According to the complaint, the driver, later identified as Lenny Dean Porter, Jr, stopped the truck at 911 West Sunbury Road, exited the vehicle, and began to run through the yard. Troopers chased the driver into the woods while giving commands for him to stop running. Approximately 100 yards into the woods, the driver fell, and troopers apprehended him.

When asked why he ran, Porter stated it was because he did not have insurance on the vehicle, according to the complaint.

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