Charges pile up for man who fled from police

Charges pile up
Paul W. Jennings

Charges pile up when you don’t stop for police, one local man learned this week – the hard way.

What would have been a traffic ticket and at most misdemeanor charges turned into a felony Tuesday for a Chambersburg man.

Paul W. Jennings, 32, allegedly fled from police after a Chambersburg police officer tried to stop him for running a red light at West King and North Franklin Streets. Several minutes later police located his car, a grey Chevrolet Cavalier, on Black Avenue near West Washington Street.

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Police took Jennings into custody. Police allege in court documents that he was driving under the influence of a combination Of alcohol and drugs.

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Police did not provide a timeline for the incident. The normal protocol is to take a DUI suspect to Chambersburg hospital for a blood alcohol test, however. The suspect is then transported to Franklin County Jail to be arraigned before the on-call magisterial district judge. The process can take several hours.

That preliminary arraignment happened at 8:15 p.m., according to online court records.

Instead of a traffic ticket and misdemeanor drunk driving charge (his first, according to court records), he is now charged with the following crimes:

  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer, (3rd degree felony)
  • DUI: General Impairment/Inc of Driving Safely – 1st Off (misdemeanor)
  • DUI: Controlled Substance – Combination Alcohol/Drugs – 1st Offense, (misdemeanor)
  • Failure To Stop At Red Signal (Summary)
  • Failure To Stop At Red Signal (Summary)
  • Driving Wrong Way (summary)

Jennings is free on $20,000. His case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing August 18 before Magisterial District Judge Duane Cunningham.

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