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Police dodge thrown refrigerator in wild 34-mile tractor-trailer chase

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Feb. 15–A tractor trailer driver who led police on a 34-mile chase through Westmoreland County early Saturday faces charges including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Christopher Charles Boyer, 47, of Miffintown, Juanita County, called 911 about 2 a.m. Saturday to report that he planned to wreck his truck. State police in Belle Vernon responded and attempted to pull over the big rig on Interstate 70 near the Arnold City exit.

Police said Mr. Boyer refused to pull over, leading them on a chase through Westmoreland County that ended on the Turnpike at mile marker 95.3. During the pursuit, police said, Mr. Boyer tossed numerous items out of his window, including a small refrigerator, his shoes and socks, and a steel canister that struck and damaged a police car.?

Police finally were able to stop Mr. Boyer at 3 a.m. with the use of spike strips placed across the highway.

Mr. Boyer refused commands to exit the vehicle, and police broke through a window and used a Taser to subdue him. Mr. Boyer injured his feet on the broken window and was treated and released at Mon Valley Hospital.

Police said they suspected he was under the influence of Xanax and ordered a blood test.

Mr. Boyer has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, fleeing or attempting to elude, DUI, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment. He was being held in the Westmoreland County Prison.

Police continue the investigation.

Janice Crompton: jcrompton@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1159.

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