A Cyclone man was sent to McKean County Jail following arraignment Thursday afternoon after leading police on a chase through residential areas on a dirt bike.
Westley Chase Hardy, 21, of 270 Pithole Road, is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, a third-degree felony; and four summary traffic violations.
According to the criminal complaint, at 12:24 p.m. Thursday, a Bradford City Police officer was patrolling in the area of Congress Street when he observed a dirt bike operated by Hardy traveling on the street. The officer noticed there was no visible registration on the bike, and attempted to pull it over. Hardy looked over his shoulder at the officer, then proceeded to speed up, travel through stop signs without stopping and pulled out in front of a box truck on South Avenue, nearly being struck, the complaint stated.
Hardy continued into Bradford Township, at speeds of 80 to 85 mph in a 25 mph zone. At one point Hardy raised his hands as if to say he would give up, but then continued “at a high rate of speed,” turning onto Owens Way without stopping. When Hardy continued through a parking lot and toward Minard Run, the officer ended the pursuit, but gave his description to the McKean County 9-1-1 Center. A sheriff’s deputy saw the bike crossing Browntown Road, and a Bradford Township Police officer found Hardy at the Crosby on South Avenue, where he was taken into custody, the complaint stated.
Hardy was arraigned before on-call District Judge David Engman and remanded to jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Dom Cercone.