Man Arrested in Cranberry Township High Speed Chase Faces Additional Charges

| September 17, 2020

CRANBERRY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Additional charges have been filed against a local man who was arrested following a high speed chase in Cranberry Township in late August.

Court documents indicate 30-year-old Justin Allin Rozanski, of Cranberry, was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 15, on the following charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Unable to post $10,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Cranberry Township in late August.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 2:10 a.m. on Sunday, August 30, Franklin-based State Police observed a red sedan traveling westbound on Bredinsburg Road in Cranberry Township, Venango County, which reportedly “took off” at a high rate of speed when the patrol vehicle approached it.

It took the patrol vehicle approximately one mile, at speeds of over 90 miles per hour, to catch up to the sedan, which also reportedly crossed the double yellow center line on numerous occasions, and failed to stop at the stop sign located at the intersection of Bredinsburg Road and US 322, the complaint indicates.

The sedan then continued eastbound on US 322 at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour, then made a right turn onto Victory Church Road, and later traveled onto Mays Mills Road. It then turned right onto Coal City Road and later turned right on East Sandy Road, the complaint continues.

While traveling on the no winter maintenance segment of East Sandy Road, the sedan began to smoke heavily, and when it reached the gate at the end of East Sandy Road, it attempted to enter the Cranberry/Rockland bike trail but got stuck on top of two large rocks used to keep motor vehicles off the trail. The driver then exited the vehicle and fled into the wooded area below the rail, according to the complaint.

The troopers then initiated a foot pursuit and were able to capture the driver, later identified as Justin Allen Rozanski, after he fell down a steep embankment.

According to the complaint, Rozanski admitted to police that he ran because he had methamphetamine and marijuana in the vehicle.

The complaint notes Rozanski also had an odor of alcohol on him and had fresh “track marks” on his right arm. He also reportedly admitted to police that he had used methamphetamine a few hours prior to the incident.

A search warrant was then obtained for Rozanski’s vehicle. According to the complaint, the search found approximately 17 grams of methamphetamine, 50 grams of marijuana, and Trazadone tablets, as well as multiple items of drug paraphernalia including a digital scale, rolling papers, syringes, a metal grinder, and metal spoon apparently used to heat methamphetamine.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on October 7, with Judge Lowrey presiding.

Rozanski waived a hearing on previous charges related to the incident on September 9.


Man Arrested Following High Speed Chase in Cranberry Township

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