A man from Pennsylvania Furnace faces charges after a high-speed chase that began at Interstate 99 in Antis Township on December 8, 2019
Michael C. Barto, 29, of Tadpole Road was charged by State Police with third-degree felony fleeing from police, second-degree misdemeanor fleeing from police, summary driving while privilege is suspended, summary disobedience to traffic control devices, and 10 other summary traffic violations.
According to a criminal complaint filed on December 10, 2019, State Police at Hollidaysburg were in the area of Exit 42 of Interstate 99 around 1:30 a.m. on December 8 when a Ford F-150 truck, marked as a G&R Excavating vehicle, driven by Barto was headed north and increased speed to 96 mph in a 70 mph zone.
Barto reportedly failed to stop after police activated emergency lights to pull him over around mile marker 43. As police moved alongside the vehicle driven by Barto, he reportedly tried to hide his identity by placing his hand beside his face.
Reports indicate Barto slowed down, pulled behind the police patrol vehicle, and continued down the center median. Upon reentering the roadway, Barto almost struck the patrol vehicle. Barto continued traveling at a high rate of speed, exiting the interstate at Exit 48 and proceeding along Route 350 and failing to stop for posted stop signs.
Barto proceeded at excessive speeds along routes 350, 550, Dungarvin Road, and Dry Hollow Road in Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County. According to police, he drove on the opposite side of the roadway, turned off the vehicle’s lights, failed to signal, drove through stop signs, and avoided traffic control devices multiple times, and drove on the opposite side of the roadway towards a vehicle from State Police at Rockview. The pursuit was terminated at Marengo Road and G&R Excavating was contacted, identifying Barto as having possession of the vehicle.
Barto was arrested by State Police at Rockview and arraigned by video by District Magistrate Fred Miller at Centre County Booking Center. Bail was set at $20,000 straight cash, and Barto was committed and held at Centre County Jail on other charges.
A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 25 in front of Judge Miller.
Information in this article was obtained from a filed criminal complaint.