Man tries to finance $100,000 vehicle with fake ID at local dealership

Man tries to finance $100,000 vehicle with fake ID at local dealership

NORTH HUNTINGDON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man tried to use a fake ID to finance a $100,000 car at a dealership in Westmoreland County on Monday.

According to the general manager at the Jim Shorkey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat dealership, the man got dropped off there around 3 p.m. and walked in asking to buy a new vehicle.

He wanted to buy a $100,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee but wasn't going to put any money down, according to the general manager.

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The general manager said the man then gave a salesman a fake license.

Police were called to question him, and shortly after they arrived he went to the bathroom and then ran across Route 30 to the Mitsubishi dealership, according to the general manager. He went behind the dealership and up over the hill.

Police confirmed Tuesday the man was arrested after they had been unable to find him Monday and called off a search.


The man was found near Soltis Drive in North Huntingdon Township after neighbors spotted him in the woods and called police, authorities said. A foot chase ensued.

"The police came and the helicopters. This is a very quiet street, this was more action than I've seen in a long time," said Terri Soltis. "He said, 'I just really need a ride.' And I'm a bleeding heart so I did. I called for him and then realized after my husband told me they were looking for him."

The second time he knocked, she called police as her neighbors watched the tense moments unfold.

"All of a sudden I heard the cops yelling, 'He's over here, he's jumping the fences,'" Soltis said.

According to police, Michael Decker of Illinois took off when police showed up.

He was taken to a hospital.