Man Involved in High-Speed Chase, DUI Related Rollover Crash Due in Court Today

| June 26, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A man who was involved in a rollover crash following a high-speed chase is due in court today.

Court documents indicate 31-year-old Cody A Blair, of Oil City, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, on the following charges:

  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer, Felony 3
  • DUI: Controlled Substance – Schedule 1 – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
  • DUI: Controlled Substance – Impaired Ability – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2 (four counts)
  • Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Misdemeanor 2
  • Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2
  • Oper Veh W/O Req’d Financial Responsibility, Summary
  • Reckless Driving, Summary
  • Duties At Stop Sign, Summary (two counts)
  • Drive Unregistered Vehicle, Summary
  • Exceed Max Speed Limit Established By 45 MPH

According to a criminal complaint, on Wednesday, June 19, Patrolman Floor, of the Franklin Police Department, was on duty when he witnessed a black Ford truck cross the center line on Meadville Pike just before the intersection of Bell Street while traveling north. The vehicle then crossed the center line again in the 100 Block of Meadville Pike and then crossed the fog line, as well. In the 200 Block of Meadville Pike, Patrolman Floor witnessed the vehicle cross the fog line and nearly go off the road entirely.

Patrolman Floor then activated his emergency lights and siren for a traffic stop in the 300 Block of Meadville Pike, but the vehicle then increased its speed to approximately 80 miles per hour. It then passed a vehicle on a double yellow line in the 1000 Block of Meadville Pike and u.S. 322. The complaint notes the vehicle then increased to speeds near 100 miles per hour and did not stop for the stop sign at Meadville Pike and U.S. 322.

According to the complaint, the vehicle was using both lanes of travel and increased speed to approximately 120 miles per hour, continuing to flee on U.S. 322 until it turned left onto McCleary Road. The vehicle then traveled at a high rate of speed and made a right onto Buttermilk Hill Road, again reaching speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour, and not stopping for the stop sign at Buttermilk Hill Road and Utica Road.

The vehicle then traveled straight onto McCune Road then made a left onto Boughner Hill Road, continuing to travel at a high rate of speed. It then made a left onto U.S. 322 then a right onto Old Franklin Pkek Road and a right onto Long Road. At that point, the vehicle lost control in the 500 Block of Long Road, rolling two times.

Following the rollover crash, the driver, later identified as Cody Blair, climbed out of the vehicle and ran away on foot, despite several commands from Patrolman Floor to stop. Blair allegedly ran into a wooded area and continued to refuse to comply with commands until Patrolman Floor utilized his taser to effect a safe arrest.

The complaint also noted that Blair later admitted to being under the influence of marijuana.

Based on the investigation, Blair was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 3:25 a.m. on Thursday, June 20.

Unable to post $25,000.00 monetary bail, he remains lodged in the Venango County Jail.


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