LOCK HAVEN - A Mill Hall man, belived to have been using bath salts, is jailed in the Clinton County Correctional Facility on $500,000 bail, after he allegedly led cops on a high-speed chase that started in the city and ended up in Montour County on Wednesday night.
John L. Klaips, 40, was eventually caught on Interstate 80 after his front wheels were punctured by police at the Danville exit, state police at Lamar said.
The incident started at around 10 p.m. Wednesday when Lock Haven city police attempted to stop Klaips' vehicle at the intersection of East Park and East Walnut streets, state police said. The pursuit went onto Route 220, at which time state police attempted to assist and Klaips allegedly tried to hit the trooper's patrol car.
Additional state police units from the Milton and Bloomsburg barracks assisted as Klaips entered Interstate 80 at Mackeyville and continued until he was captured 50 miles later at mile post 178 after the Danville exit, police said.
Klaips traveled the last two miles with flat front tires after police deployed spike strips, police said.
During the chase, police allege Klaips nearly caused several accidents involving police and civilian vehicles.
Klaips was arraigned late Thursday afternoon by Magisterial District Judge Joseph Sanders on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest and several other misdemeanor and summary charges.