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Formal Arraignment Held for Templeton Woman

Margaretta Askey has been held in the Armstrong County Jail since mid-January after the police chase.

A Templeton woman who allegedly fled from Pennsylvania State Police troopers in early-January in the wrong direction along State Route 422 was formally arraigned last week.

Before Armstrong County Senior Judge Joseph Nickleach, Margaretta Askey – 31- was charged with nearly a dozen charges, including felony criminal mischief, felony aggravated assault and felony fleeing police.

Early January 7, State troopers based out of the Kittanning barracks allegedly witnessed Askey traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of State Route 422.

For 12 miles – from Manor Township through Clearfield Township in Butler County -, four troopers in two State units pursued Askey’s vehicle at speeds up to 95 miles per hour until Askey crashed.

During the approximately 10-minute pursuit, no State Police troopers or members of the public were injured – though 18 vehicles were noted as victims in addition to the four pursuing troopers.

At one point in West Franklin Township, investigating officer Trooper Brian Wolfe noted in his information release that Askey intentionally steered her 2006 Ford Freestyle SUV into the side of one of the pursuing State Police units.

Police allege that Askey intentionally caused more than $7,200 in damage to a State-issued 2014 Ford Taurus police cruiser during the January 7 incident.

Askey was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh for injuries she sustained during the vehicle crash.

State Police later said Askey’s drivers license was suspended or revoked and was driving while under the influence of alcohol – a summary offense.

Askey has been incarcerated in the Armstrong County Jail since her arrest on $25,000 bond – which was not reduced after a formal petition was filed last month.

A status conference should be held at the end of April.

Suspected Marijuana User Waives Preliminary Hearing

Zachary Revay, of Kittanning, was released on his own recognizance from the Armstrong County Jail earlier this week. (jail file photo)

by Jonathan Weaver

A Kittanning man jailed for nine days after driving through Manor Township with bags of marijuana in his vehicle a few weeks ago was released from jail earlier this week.

Zachary Revay, 24, waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday afternoon before District Magisterial Judge Daniel George and was released on his own recognizance.

Manor Township Police seized about seven pounds worth of marijuana from the backseat of Revay’s Honda CRV February 19 after calls about Revay driving recklessly through the municipality as well as Kittanning Township.

Police found four large plastic bags and a small bag of the marijuana.

Manor Township Police Officer and ARMNET Area Coordinator Frank Pitzer estimated a street value of about $15,000 for the substance.

Manor Township Officer Steven Cippel said Revay was taken to the State Police barracks in Kittanning to be evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert after possibly driving under the influence.

“From the smell of the vehicle, what we found and Mr. Revay had made some comments that he was under the influence; that made our determinations a little easier. Looking at his eyes, that smell (allowed us to) take him into custody,” Officer Cippel said in February.

Revay later declined to give a blood sample at ACMH Hospital in East Franklin Township and was taken to the Armstrong County Jail in Rayburn Township.

Revay is charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture or deliver drugs, misdemeanor driving under the influence and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Officers were optimistic that they were able to get more drugs off the streets of central-Armstrong County.