Oil City Man Accused of Fleeing Police, Arrested on DUI Charges

| December 29, 2018

SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man is facing charges of fleeing and DUI following a recent traffic stop in Sugarcreek Borough.

Sugarcreek Borough Police filed the following charges against 31-year-old Casey Gerald Eckstrom on Dec. 27 at Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office:

  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer, Felony 3
  • DUI: General Impairment/Inc of Driving Safely – 1st Offender, Misdemeanor
  • Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
  • Driving w/o Light To Avoid Ident. Arrest, Summary
  • Reckless Driving, Summary
  • Careless Driving, Summary
  • Exceed Max Speed Limit By 21 MPH, Summary
  • Safety Restraints – child under 2 years, Summary
  • Restrictions on Alcoholic Beverages, Summary

A criminal complaint filed at Judge Fish’s office indicates Ptlm. Matthew Johnson was on a routine patrol on Dec. 27 around 7:00 p.m. when he clocked a red SUV traveling 56.7 MPH in a 35 MPH zone.

Ptlm. Johnson immediately began a pursuit of the vehicle. A short time later, the vehicle “braked hard” and made a left turn on Egbert Street without using a turning signal.

The criminal complaint states that the driver “braked hard” again and turned the vehicle’s lights off as Ptlm. Johnson turned onto Egbert Street.

The vehicle traveled approximately 75 feet with its lights off before turning into a private driveway.

Ptlm. Johnson pulled into the driveway and conducted a traffic stop. When Ptlm. Johnson approached the driver, he immediately noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle.

The driver – identified as Casey Eckstrom – failed various field sobriety tests, according to the criminal complaint.

Eckstrom was taken into custody and transported to UPMC Northwest where he consented to a blood draw.

Drug paraphernalia was also found in the vehicle, according to police.

Eckstrom was placed in the Venango County Jail after failing to post $2,500.00 cash bail.

He was arraigned before Judge Fish on Dec. 27 at 11:00 p.m.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 2, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. with Judge Fish presiding.

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