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UNION CITY — The man involved in Monday’s high-speed car chase has been identified as Justin Michael Civetti of Union City.

Initial reports stated Civetti was from Erie, but it was confirmed today that the 28-year-old man lives where the police pursuit came to an end.

Civetti has been charged with three different felonies, one misdemeanor and 45 traffic violations.

He faces four counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, three counts of criminal mischief, two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude police officers and one count of resisting arrest.

Civetti will answer the charges before District Judge Paul Urbaniak of Erie. He’s currently being held at Erie County Prison.

The high-speed pursuit that started in Erie and finished in Union City began in the 1200 block of Parade Street at 1:21 a.m. Police attempted to pull over Civetti for a traffic violation, but the suspect refused to stop the vehicle.

During the chase, Civetti nearly struck two Erie city police officers, according to state police at Erie. The suspect continued to elude police officers into Waterford Township, where state troopers took over the primary role in the pursuit.

Civetti traveled to Union City at a high rate of speed and struck a state police cruiser in the process. The suspect was unable to drive his vehicle any further after driving over a spike strip deployed by state police.

Civetti then exited his vehicle and tried to flee on foot. Police said the suspect was apprehended following a brief foot pursuit. Civetti was caught on South Street near the intersection with South Main Street.


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