Man arrested after leading police on chase through Uniontown

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UNIONTOWN, Pa. - A Uniontown man was arrested early Friday morning after leading police on a chase and damaging an officer’s cruiser in the process.

Authorities said officers tried to stop Joseph Hines for a minor traffic violation on East Main Street just before 3 a.m., but he fled.

According to police, Hines led several officers on a 20-minute chase through Uniontown, North Union Township and South Union Township.

During the chase, Hines slammed into an officer’s car, threw heroin out of the window and tried to run over officers, police said.

“The chase reached total speeds of about 80 mph. That doesn’t sound like much if you’re on a highway, but we are talking about city streets that are narrow. It was a very dangerous situation,” Uniontown Police Lt. Thomas Kolencik said.

Hines eventually crashed and he was arrested.

Officials said no injuries were reported in the chase and crash.

Hines is facing several charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing and eluding police, possession with intent to deliver heroin and drunken driving. He remains in the Fayette County Jail.