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Man charged in chase waives hearing in Franklin Co. Court

April 26, 2006

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man charged with leading police on an April 10 chase in Franklin and Cumberland counties waived his arraignment Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court on escape and other charges.

Thomas Glen Johnston, 24, of Carlisle, Pa., also is charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, possession of instruments of crime, recklessly endangering another person, fleeing and eluding police, and other traffic violations. His mandatory arraignment is scheduled for June 7, according to court records.

Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams said Tuesday that Johnston was wanted on an outstanding warrant for escaping from a halfway house. The affidavit of probable cause stated Johnston had been convicted of robbery.

On the evening of April 10, police stopped Johnston on Interstate 81 near Shippensburg, Pa., for doing 91 mph in a 65 mph zone, the affidavit stated. Police said a BB gun, scale, razor and white powdery substance were found in the vehicle, and when told he was being taken into custody, Johnston fled on foot.

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Johnston doubled back to his vehicle and drove from the area of Exit 24 to Exit 37 in Cumberland County before heading south on Pa. 233, according to the affidavit. After another five miles, police said Johnston crashed the vehicle and fled on foot.

A resident near the crash site told police he saw Johnston and, fearing for his family's safety, fired a couple of shots in his direction to scare him off, police said. A helicopter and dogs were used in the search for Johnston before he was taken into custody, police said.

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