CHARLEROI (KDKA) – Authorities are asking for help from the public in finding a chase suspect who they describe as dangerous and violent.
Police say Shawn Patterson, 30, of Monessen, is a dangerous man with a violent past, and just recently he led police on a chase before disappearing into the night.READ MORE: Dave Matthews Band's Star Lake Show Rescheduled
“Since he was a juvenile, we’ve been dealing with him,” said Chief Eric Porter, of Charleroi Regional Police.
The convicted drug dealer’s latest run-in with the law came when he tried to run from officers in Speers, Westmoreland County.
“Our officers, knowing he was wanted, observed Patterson in a vehicle,” said Chief Porter. “One officer shined a light in his face and identified him as Shawn Patterson.”
It happened around 12:40 a.m. Thursday at a stop sign on State Street.
“Patterson fled on Interstate 70 at a high rate of speed,” Chief Porter said.
Behind the wheel of a jeep, police say Patterson hit the gas.
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Forcing motorist off the road, weaving in and out of traffic, Patterson wasn’t alone.
“He had a passenger a female passenger,” said Chief Porter.
Citing the safety of all concerned, officers broke off the pursuit at the 51/70 interchange.
In the past, Patterson has faced aggravated assault and drug charges.
Chief Porter says several years ago there was a similar incident where he ran from police. Patterson was eventually caught.
Charleroi’s chief says he has a message for Patterson.
“You can’t run forever,” he said.Rural Hospitals Work To Decrease COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy