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3 arrested in Vandergrift after high-speed chase; pursuit reached 86 mph

posted Jun 30, 2017, 4:48 AM by Joseph Gray


Madasyn Czebiniak | Thursday, June 29, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Three men were arrested early Wednesday — one of whom was revived from a suspected overdose — after Vandergrift police say they were involved in a high-speed chase after the suspects broke into a vehicle along La Belle Vue Road.

Arrested were Ryan Seybert, 27, of Allegheny Township, John Jacob Kemerer, 26, of Parks Township and John Francis Kemerer, 49, of Vandergrift.

Police were called to the scene just before 2:30 a.m. for reports of people breaking into vehicles on La Belle Vue Road, according to arrest papers written by Officer Joseph Albaugh.

Albaugh arrived to find a running vehicle parked on the side of the road. He said a man was outside that vehicle, next to a truck, which had a door open and its interior lights on.

When the man saw the police, he got inside the running vehicle, which took off.

A chase that reached 86 mph ensued.

During the pursuit, Albaugh watched as a dark bag was thrown out the side of the vehicle. He said the vehicle stopped a half-mile from where the chase began.

The Kemerers and Seybert were inside; they were all searched and arrested.

Albaugh said the vehicle contained several women's purses, handbags, tools, wallets and keys. He went back to where the bag was thrown during the chase and found that it was a woman's purse.

The vehicle was locked, impounded and towed to await a search warrant.

The three men were taken to the Vandergrift police station and put in a holding cell, where Seybert suffered from a suspected overdose and was taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison by ambulance. Albaugh followed.

Seybert was administered Narcan en route and received four more doses at the hospital before he was revived and taken back to the station, Albaugh said.

According to Albaugh, Allegheny Township police spoke with the owner of the truck the men were found at, who told them that there were several tools and tool belts missing. Vandergrift police spoke with the original caller of the complaint, who said that her Michael Kors purse and a gold-colored wallet were missing.

The estimated cost of the purse alone was $400.

Seybert, who was driving the vehicle, was charged with theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, fleeing a police officer, loitering and prowling at nighttime, drunken driving and traffic violations.

Police said the front-seat passenger, John Jacob Kemerer, possessed a crack pipe, plastic spoon used for suspected heroin use and numerous Xanax pills in an unlabeled pill bottle.

He was charged with theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, loitering and prowling at nighttime, possession of a controlled substance.

The rear passenger, John Francis Kemerer, was charged with theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, conspiracy and loitering and prowling at nighttime.

The three remained in the Westmoreland County Prison on Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bond each.

A preliminary hearing for each is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. July 11 before Judge Cheryl Peck-Yakopec in Allegheny Township.

Allegheny Township Chief John Fontaine said Seybert has been arrested three times before, once for burglary, once for narcotics possession and another case.

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4702, or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.