(2:30 PM) Police Pursuit Ends In Mina After Car Strikes Home

Photo by the Sheriff's Office

MINA — A Pennsylvania man is facing a host of charges after a vehicle pursuit ended when the sport utility vehicle he was in struck a home early Sunday.

Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies were alerted to a pursuit around 1 a.m. coming from Pennsylvania into the town of Mina. The driver, 29-year-old Robert. R. Thiem, of North East, Pa., fled when Pennsylvania state troopers attempted to stop him in North East.

The pursuit continued on Route 430 in Mina. It ended when Thiem allegedly attempted to ram a state trooper, the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

The SUV left the road and struck a home. Residents were home at the time of the incident, but were uninjured, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Thiem was taken into custody and was found to have a felony arrest warrant in Pennsylvania in addition to possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The North East man was also found to be impaired by drugs and had a previous driving under the influence conviction.

Thiem was charged with felony driving while ability impaired by drugs, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree reckless endangerment, fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and being a fugitive from justice. He was arraigned on the charges and on the outstanding warrant and remanded to Chautauqua County Jail without bail.