Man facing charges for high-speed chase

A Kane man faces charges in Warren County after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase in eastern Warren County.

Matthew L. Simonds, 41, of Kane, is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude officer, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, and numerous summary driving violations.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, at about 1:30 a.m. Friday, Simonds was driving a black SUV east on Route 6 near the Glade Bridge in Mead Township.

Police noticed the vehicle ahead of them, according to the affidavit, and it began to speed up near Clarendon Borough.

“We attempted to catch up to the vehicle to ‘clock’ the vehicle’s speed with our speedometer,” police said. “Just as we entered Sheffield Township… our speedometer went over 100 mph.”

Police activated lights and sirens. “The vehicle failed to slow down,” police said. “In fact, the vehicle’s speed began to increase.”

“Near Sheffield High School, our speedometer read 130 mph,” police said.

The alleged pursuit continued through Sheffield, according to the affidavit. “The vehicle finally pulled over between the Village of Sheffield and McKean County.

Police said Simonds refused to a submit to a chemical blood test.

Simonds was arraigned Friday before District Judge Raymond Zydonik.

He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15.


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