DUBOIS – A Reynoldsville man accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday during centralized court at District Judge Patrick Ford’s office.
Jason David Marks, 35, was charged with a felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude police, nine counts of misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and numerous other traffic violations by DuBois City police after a chase that began in DuBois on Aug. 21.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, an officer was on patrol at the intersection of Quarry Avenue, North Main Street and DuBois Street at approximately 9:36 p.m. when he saw a blue Subaru go through a stop sign without stopping, and narrowly missed striking the vehicle in front of him.
The vehicle turned left and pulled off to the side of the road. The officer activated his lights and pulled in behind it. But as the officer opened his door, the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed.
The officer followed as the vehicle went to the back of Rescar and through a gate at the plant. It sped along and back out onto Osborn Avenue, continuing at a high rate of speed.
The driver, later identified as Marks, traveled through DuBois, failing to stop at stop signs, not using his turn signal and traveling at speeds up to 80 miles per hour. At one point, he reportedly ran two vehicles off the road.
The officer contacted Sandy Township police and state police to see if they had any cars in the area.
Marks got onto Interstate 80 and was passing other vehicles from 80 to 100 mph. He pulled off on exit 101 and almost struck a Sandy Township police car that had its emergency lights on.
The vehicle continued at speeds from 70 to 80 mph, passing vehicles in no passing zones and almost struck a state police vehicle that was traveling in the opposite lane of travel.
At this point, there were four state police cars, three Sandy Township cars and the original officer following Marks.
As it continued through DuBois, the officers followed him. One of the state police cars, now directly behind Marks, tried a “pit maneuver” by striking the back, passenger’s side of the vehicle.
This spun Marks’ vehicle around, but he didn’t stop. The state police car struck it twice more, spinning it out each time but this did not stop it.
The car now had a flat back tire as the vehicle drove along the bank at the side of the road and continued to try to escape. After one more pit maneuver, the vehicle slowed down and drove against the bank.
The first officer then struck the back, driver’s side of the vehicle, causing it to stop.
Marks was removed from the vehicle through the open driver’s side window and taken to the ground.
He agreed to speak to officers and explained he was on state parole and ran because he did not have a driver’s license. He allegedly admitted he just purchased some methamphetamine that he threw out the car window during the chase.
A search of the vehicle revealed a pipe and four clonazepam pills, according to the report.
Marks is currently in state prison for violating his parole.