Man sent to hospital after burglaries, police chase in Somerset

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SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Philadelphia man is in the hospital after leading state police on a high-speed chase on the PA Turnpike after a series of burglaries and burglary attempts over the weekend.

Sergio Rodriguez-Guzman, 21, successfully broke into Arby’s and Little Italy Pizzeria Ristorante and attempted to break into Dunkin’ Donuts and Best Way Pizza of Somerset Township July 10, according to the Somerset Borough Police Department.

The manager at Best Way Pizza told state police at Somerset that Rodriguez-Guzman had pulled into the back of the business near her vehicle around 6:30 a.m. before Best Way opened, the criminal complaint states. He reportedly exited his vehicle and began looking through the windows of her vehicle.

While this was going on, the manager said she exited the rear door and secured it, noting that Rodriguez-Guzman had seen her. He then walked to the front of the store and pulled on the front doors and even pushed on the drive-thru window.

It was at this point the manager said she contacted state police, though he left traveling northbound on N. Center Avenue in a green Toyota Tundra before they could arrive.

Later that day is when Somerset Borough Police Department discovered the other burglaries in the area had involved Rodriguez-Guzman, according to the complaint.

Around 7:15 a.m., a trooper saw the green Toyota run a red light at the intersection of N. Center Avenue and 219 in Somerset Township. A traffic stop was attempted.

However, Rodriguez-Guzman pulled into the Walmart plaza, ran two stop signs, exited the wrong lane, and proceeded South on N. Center Avenue at a high rate of speed.

He then entered westbound on I-76 July 10, traveling over 125 mph through a construction zone, police noted.

Rodriguez-Guzman attempted to exit at the Donegal interchange when he drove the Toyota Tundra across the median and launched through the air over the acceleration ramp.

The undercarriage of the truck touched multiple treetops as it went down the embankment. Police report that the truck hit the ground so hard that the cab of the truck detached from the frame. The cab came to rest roughly 70 feet from the point of impact.

Rodriguez-Guzman was flown to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown for his injuries.

Charges are pending from state police including burglary, receiving stolen property, fleeing from police, recklessly endangering another person and a series of summary charges.

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