Officers fire weapons during car pursuit
● By J. Chambless
Two Pennsylvania State Police Avondale
officers fired their weapons during an attempted traffic stop on May
23 at 11:30 p.m., according to a news release from the Chester County
District Attorney's Office.
No one was injured in the incident, which began at 11:21 p.m., when police go a call about an erratic driver in the area of routes 1 and 796. Two marked patrol cars responded and saw a Saturn weaving on the roadway, with an expired registration. They tried to pull the car over, but the driver sped off. The troopers tried to box the car in but the driver turned the car into an open area where mushroom compost is stored on Old Baltimore Pike in Avondale. The troopers got out of their cars, and the driver backed up toward them. The officers fired their weapons.
The pursuit continued, with a third police car joining. The driver eventually drove behind a building and the car became stuck. The driver, Brian Touchton, surrendered to police at the scene. He is charged with fleeing, DUI, and driving with a suspended license. Additional charges may be filed after the investigation is complete.