Chase leads to Blair County man crashing Jeep, losing a wheel before arrest

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CLAYSBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Claysburg man that allegedly wrecked twice during a chase in Greenfield Township now faces felony drug charges. 

Chris Steele, 48, of Claysburg, was arraigned on Jan. 21 on new charges after a search of two cellphones found in his Jeep allegedly contained messages that detail drug sales, according to charges filed by Greenfield Township police. 

Steele was arrested on Jan. 12 after a chase where Steele crashed his Jeep Wrangler into an embankment on a state forest road, where he then wrecked it into a tree and lost a wheel as he tried to drive down the road in reverse. 

Police said methamphetamine, small plastic bags and other drug paraphernalia were found in the Jeep after it was impounded and a search warrant was executed. Two cellphones were also found and on Jan. 20, cops got a search warrant and allegedly found text conversations about drug deals on both devices. 

The original charge of felony fleeing police filed after the chase was withdrawn by police on Jan. 21. Steele is now charged with felony fleeing police and felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of drug and drug paraphernalia possession.  

Steele waived his preliminary hearing on the charges and remains free on an unsecured $40,000 bond.  

The original story can be found below.

CLAYSBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — Police say a Claysburg man led them on a car chase before crashing his Jeep and losing one of the wheels off of the vehicle.

Chris L. Steele, 48, was chased by Greenfield Township police Tuesday night, Jan. 12, until he drove into Portage, Cambria County, then he turned around and drove back to the area and headed toward Blue Knob. That’s when police report he turned onto a state forest road and crashed into an embankment.

Police said Steele then put his Jeep Wrangler in reverse and drove for a mile before crashing the back end into a tree, knocking a wheel off.

Steele allegedly told police two grams of suspected methamphetamine and a scale were in the Jeep and police indicated it would be impounded and searched with a warrant at a later time..

He’s charged with felony fleeing police along with numerous traffic violations, including driving on a suspended license. After his preliminary hearing, he is now facing

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