A Struthers, Ohio, man is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase that started in Jackson Township and ended when his vehicle crashed in Farrell.

Charges against William Vidal Perez Jr., 19, were held to the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas during a preliminary hearing held Oct. 13 with District Judge D. Neil McEwen.

Perez is free on $50,000 bond.

State police Trooper Mark A. Neugebauer with from Mercer was on patrol in a marked cruiser on May 6, parked off the road near the southbound ramp onto Interstate 79 at mile marker 121 in Jackson Township.

He saw a blue Mazda sedan with Pennsylvania registration drive past; he ran the plate and it came back as a stolen vehicle as reported by Butler Township Police Department, Neugebauer said in court documents.

He caught up to the car near mile marker 117 and activated emergency lights and sirens as the stolen vehicle exited I-79 for Interstate 80 eastbound.

The driver then headed north on I-79, staying in the left lane and reaching speeds of about 125 miles per hour. The posted speed limit is 70.

The driver used a crossover at mile marker 122 to enter the southbound lanes, police said.

He was soon spotted by Shenango Township police heading west on I-80 toward Farrell, where he eventually crashed.

A witness saw the man run into a wooded area. The man left several person items in the car that helped identify him as Perez.

Also found in the car were 11 sandwich bags of marijuana and two digital scales, police said.

Perez was charged Aug. 24 by state police with receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude officer, speeding, following too closely, driving over a divider, failure to keep right, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, reckless driving, careless driving, disregarding traffic lane, a turning violation and two counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

His common pleas arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 14 with Judge Robert G. Yeatts.

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