North East Man Wanted on Warrant Arrested After Police Pursuit, Crash
A North East man wanted on a warrant is behind bars after leading police on a pursuit that ended when he crashed into a house early Sunday morning.
Robert R. Thiem, 29, faces charges including driving while ability impaired by drugs, criminal possession of controlled substance, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, aggravated unlicensed operator and various traffic offenses. He was also arraigned as a fugitive from justice on an outstanding warrant.
It started when Pennsylvania State Police attempted to stop a vehicle in North East, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Thiem fled at a high speed, leading a pursuit that continued on Route 430 in the Town of Mina until he attempted to ram a State Police vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said.
Thiem's vehicle left the road and hit a residence on Route 430, according to the Sheriff's Office. The homeowners were inside the residence at the time but were not injured.
State Police arrested Thiem and learned he had a felony arrest warrant in Pennsylvania. He was also found in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia and was driving under the influence of drugs, investigators said.
Thiem is being held without bail in the Chautauqua County Jail.