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High-Speed DUI Pursuit Reported in State College

A 24-year-old Huntingdon man led Centre Region authorities on a high-speed pursuit early Monday on College Avenue, State College police reported Tuesday.

The man, identified as Adam Eugene Hammon, of Hammon Heights Lane, is charged with DUI, fleeing a police officer, reckless engagement, resisting arrest, reckless driving and related offenses, according to a news release.

It indicates the incident began about 12:21 a.m. Monday in downtown State College, There, a State College patrol officer said he saw a man staggering in the area of 300 E. College Ave. The man then got into a vehicle and pulled into traffic, according to the news release.

The patrol officer began to follow the man, whose vehicle wove on the road, crossed the center line and entered a parking area for CATA buses, police reported.

Even as the officer activated his lights and siren, the man “continued traveling west on College Avenue, repeatedly weaving, nearly hitting curbs and almost striking the concrete island at the intersection of Buckhout Street and College Avenue,” the release reads.

Another police vehicle soon became involved in the pursuit. At the West College Avenue-Blue Course Drive intersection, the man stopped for a red light, then sped away when an officer approached his driver-side front door on foot, police said.

“The officer … immediately determined the suspect driver posed a significant potential danger” and fired three shots into his left rear tire, trying to deflate it, the release reads.

Officers from Ferguson and Patton townships joined the pursuit as the man then continued west on West College Avenue, at times exceeding 100 mph, police said.

They said the vehicle crashed into a guardrail on West College Avenue near state Route 45, in Ferguson Township.

Hammon was taken into custody at the scene and transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment, police said. He was arraigned Tuesday and lodged in the Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of posting $25,000 cash bail.

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