Derek Storm Slaugenhaupt

Derek Storm Slaugenhaupt

A Westmoreland County man will stand trial after police accused him of fleeing a traffic stop and leading officers on a high-speed chase through Jackson Township.

Derek Storm Slaugenhaupt, 22, of New Florence, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Monday before District Judge Mary Ann Zanghi, of Vinco.

According to a criminal complaint, Slaugenhaupt was driving a Toyota Tacoma along U.S. Route 22 on July 7. Jackson Township police said they attempted to stop Slaugenhaupt’s vehicle because it was swerving on the road.

The truck stopped at Sheetz on Pace Street and then drove away, failing to stop at a red light, the complaint said. Police said the truck drove away at 100 mph in a 55 mph zone, making an abrupt turn onto Pike Road. 

Slaugenhaupt stopped the truck, climbed out and ran into the woods toward U.S. Route 22, the complaint said.

Police later arrested Slaugenhaupt and charged him with escape, flight to avoid apprehension, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and several traffic violations. He also was charged with indecent exposure and open lewdness for allegedly exposing himself at Sheetz.

Slaugenhaupt is free on bond.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5061. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.

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