(11:35 PM) Man Wanted In Erie Robbery Hospitalized After High-Speed Chase Ends In Crash In Sherman
SHERMAN — An Erie, Pa., man wanted on armed robbery charges was taken to the hospital Saturday following a high-speed pursuit that began in the city of Erie, Pa., and ended when he crashed into a state trooper on Interstate 86 in Sherman.
Facing a host of charges was 48-year-old William A. Lisek for failure to comply, speeding more than 100 mph, reckless driving and unsafe lane change. A passenger in the car, 36-year-old Shaline Pepperman, of Erie, Pa., is also facing charges, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office announced late Saturday.
The incident began when officers with the Erie Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police attempted to apprehend the pair around 11 a.m. in the city of Erie, Pa., who were in a 2005 Toyota. Both were on the city’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Lisek was wanted for a “strong-armed robbery” and on weapons charges, but refused to stop when police approached Saturday. A chase with speeds over 100 mph went from Erie, Pa., to the Southern Tier Expressway in New York.
Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers joined the pursuit when it entered the state.
As Lisek passed the Sherman exit on I-86, he reportedly lost control of the sedan and spun out. At that time, police said Lisek began driving westbound in the eastbound lane.
“In an attempt to stop the vehicle from putting other motorists at risk of being hit head on, one of the Pennsylvania State Troopers put his own life at risk and hit the fleeing vehicle disabling it,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “The trooper was not injured, however the male operator was flown to (UPMC) Hamot for what appeared to be a non-life threatening head injury.”
Pepperman was also taken to Hamot by Sherman firefighters.
The eastbound lane of Interstate 86 was closed to traffic about an hour due to the crash.