BUTLER, Pa. (KDKA) – A Butler man faces a list of charges after allegedly leading police on a chase and injuring a trooper.
State Police say, Nicholas Masella, 23, was pulled over after he failed to stop on North Chestnut at New Castle Street in the city of Butler early Sunday morning.
Police say Masella fled from the traffic stop after admitting to drinking. At one point during the ensuing chase, four passengers got out of the vehicle and were nearly struck as Masella sped off.
“Those passengers, immediately, as soon as they got out of the vehicle, the car sped off again,” said Trooper Dan Kesten. “The doors of the car will still open. The car almost struck those people who got out of the vehicle.”
Police say Masella then drove into the side of a patrol car, injuring a trooper.
Masella was later found passed out behind the wheel of his truck.