Phoenixville man nabbed in New York af­ter lead­ing po­lice on multi-state chase.

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A Phoenixville man has been charged af­ter he nearly hit a Penn­syl­va­nia park ranger and led po­lice on a multi-state chase.

Jef­frey Steigel­man, 26, was ar­rested at 7:55 a.m. Mon­day on Pike Street in the City of Port Jervis, N.Y., po­lice said.

The in­ci­dent be­gan early Sun­day morn­ing near the Delaware Wa­ter Gap Na­tional Re­cre­ation Area.

A po­lice pur­suit was ini­ti­ated in Penn­syl­va­nia by Na­tional Park Ser­vice Po­lice Rangers af­ter Steigel­man nearly struck a park ranger with his ve­hi­cle. Port Jervis Po­lice were no­ti­fied that Steigel­man was lead­ing Park Rangers and of­fi­cers with the Mil­ford Po­lice Depart­ment and East­ern Pike Re­gional Po­lice Depart­ment to­ward the City of Port Jervis in an at­tempt to elude author­i­ties.

Port Jervis po­lice of­fi­cers and a Deer­park po­lice of­fi­cer de­ployed to the Port Jervis-Mata­moras Bridge and var­i­ous lo­ca­tions on Pike Street and ob­served the sus­pect op­er­at­ing a 2001 Audi in a reck­less and un­safe man­ner into the City of Port Jervis from Mata­moras, Penn­syl­va­nia.

Of­fi­cers at­tempted to stop the ve­hi­cle as it en­tered the City of Port Jervis and the driver con­tin­ued to op­er­ate in a reck­less man­ner in at­tempt to elude author­i­ties.

Of­fi­cers suc­cess­fully de­ployed a se­ries of tire de­fla­tion tech­nolo­gies and the driver was stopped af­ter strik­ing and dam­ag­ing a fence and two un­oc­cu­pied parked ve­hi­cles on Pike Street. The driver was taken into cus­tody by of­fi­cers and was treated for mi­nor in­juries.

Steigel­man is be­ing held in the Port Jervis City LockUp fa­cil­ity with­out bail, pend­ing a Port Jervis City Court ar­raign­ment Mon­day evening. He has been charged with felony reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, the mis­de­meanor charges of un­law­ful flee­ing and elud­ing po­lice, Reck­less driv­ing, crim­i­nal mis­chief, crim­i­nal pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, and sev­eral ve­hi­cle and traf­fic law vi­o­la­tions.

Na­tional Park Ser­vice Rangers, East­ern Pike Po­lice, Deer­park Po­lice and mem­bers of the Port Jervis Fire Depart­ment and Port Jervis Am­bu­lance as­sisted Port Jervis Po­lice Of­fi­cers at the scene.

Steigel­man is fac­ing ad­di­tional charges in Penn­syl­va­nia by the Na­tional Park Ser­vice, Mil­ford Po­lice and the East­ern Pike Re­gional Po­lice Depart­ment.

Jef­frey Steigel­man

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