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High speed police chase ends in crash

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

A high speed police chase ended Monday night when the suspect crashed his car into another vehicle that was carrying a family, police said.

Middletown police said the chase ended at East Main Street and North Pine Street when 22-year-old Trevar Decker slammed into a car carrying a 14-month-old baby as well as the baby's mother and grandparents.

Neighbors said the crash sounded awful.

"I don't think I've ever anything so loud in my life or experienced anything that just went through you," said Christopher Jorich, a Middletown resident.

Jorich's home sits above his business, Jorich's Funeral Home, on East Main Street. He was watching television with his family when he heard the crash.

"I opened the window there and I saw a man running and a car down here on the corner and I knew it was not a good situation at all," said Jorich.

Police said Decker and 21-year-old Cody Lee McCahan, both of Steelton, led them on a high speed chase through the borough after a drug sting went bad.

"Mr. Decker jumped the curbing, ran through the grass yards of the Village of Pineford Complex, and lead police on more chases through the yards and back out into the side streets," said Acting Police Chief Dave Sweitzer.

Police said Decker struck the car before crashing into Jorich's home and business. They said Decker took off on foot, running more than five blocks to the Middletown Cemetery, where he was arrested.

Despite the crash injuring the baby and three adults, police said officers handled the chase well.

"This chase lasted less than five minutes," Sweitzer said. "It required split-second decision making processes by the officers involved and I think they followed every regulation by the book."

No one was seriously injured in the crash, but Jorich was stunned.

"In a small community like Middletown, my heart just goes out this is our community," Jorich said. "This is where we live."

Decker was arraigned on Tuesday on several charges including aggravated assault on a police officer, ten counts of reckless endangerment, fleeing and eluding, and attempting to deliver a controlled substance. He is being held on $250,000 bail at the Dauphin County Prison.

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