PSP-DuBois chase begins in Falls Creek, carries into Jefferson County

FALLS CREEK — DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported an incident of fleeing and eluding that was initiated at the Falls Creek Sheetz in Sandy Township, Clearfield County and ended in a wooded area along Smithtown Road in Washington Township, Jefferson County.

Police said that at approximately 9:40 p.m. on Monday, they were alerted by the Reynoldsville Police Department that Dustin L. Douthit, 28, Falls Creek, fled from a traffic stop in a 2005 Chevrolet Colroado extended cab pickup truck, blue in color, with damage on its passenger side.

The suspect was later identified and determined to have a suspended Pennsylvania driver's license. After Reynoldsville Borough Police provided BOLO suspect and vehicle information, PSP-DuBois conducted a search for the suspect and vehicle with negative results, according to the police report.

On Tuesday, at approximately 8:40 a.m., the suspect's vehicle was observed traveling north on State Route 219 in Sandy Township. A records check on the registration of the vehicle revealed that Douthit was the registered owner.

A traffic stop involving the vehicle was attempted at the Sheetz convenience store, and the suspect failed to comply. A pursuit ensued on to State Route 830 west into Falls Creek Borough.

The vehicle continued to travel at a very high rate of speed, and several traffic violations were observed and captured on the patrol unit mobile video recorder, police said. The pursuit continued into Winslow and Washington townships, Jefferson County, before the vehicle entered private property from Smithtown Road (State Route 1004) and eventually traveled into a heavily wooded area.

The vehicle eventually became disabled due to the terrain, and the suspect fled on foot, the report said.

Trooper 5, a PSP helicopter, assisted PSP-DuBois in an attempt to locate the suspect, and the vehicle was removed from the scene by the direction of PSP.

Appropriate charges will be filed against Douthit at District Court 54-3-02.