Triple digit chase outside Waynesboro ends in property damage, felony arrest

03 June 2024- A chase down multiple roads in Franklin County ends without any serious injuries and one man in custody over the weekend. Joseph Michael Snyder is free on an unsecured bail of $25,000 after being charged with felony fleeing an officer, misdemeanor DUI, misdemeanor resisting arrest, and seven different traffic violations.

PSP say they were on a regular patrol near Old Route 16 in Washington Township when they allegedly encountered a silver sedan driving at 73mph in a 35mph zone. After flipping on emergency lights, Troopers say the vehicle took off even faster.

During the chase, the vehicle allegedly traveled over the center line about 6 times, illegally passed 4 vehicles, and was traveling 110mph in a 55mph zone. After a PIT maneuver was conducted by Troopers, the vehicle came to a stop in the 1500 block of Waynesboro Pike, causing damage to the property. After being disabled, the driver allegedly continued to accelerate his vehicle to try to get away, which caused the resisting arrest charge.

That driver was quickly taken into custody and identified as Joseph Snyder. PSP say Snyder smelled of alcohol and a preliminary breathalyzer showed him to be intoxicated. When asked why he ran, Snyder allegedly told police “he was drinking and that he knew he was going to go back to jail.”

Joseph Snyder is not currently in jail, though, after securing an unsecured bail.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39307-CR-0000137-2024, Incident No.: PA 2024-726183