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Saint Thomas man facing charges after fleeing police, striking police vehicle in Franklin County

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa.-- A Saint Thomas man is facing charges after making a drug transaction, fleeing police, and striking a police vehicle.

Loren Stains, 27, is facing aggravated assault, driving under the influence, and disorderly conduct among other related charges.

On Wednesday, March 7th around 11:30 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police observed a drug transaction involving Stains in the parking lot of the Rutter's Store in the 4400 block of Lincoln Way West in Saint Thomas Township.

Stains got into his 2004 Nissan Maxima and left the parking lot, while nearly striking a marked patrol car.

The pursuit started there, hitting speeds at nearly 80 miles per hour, lasting for about 8 minutes.

During the police chase, Stains struck a residential fence on Rosewood Court and crashed his car through several yards before hitting a parked car on Coldbrook Avenue, and fled on foot.

Stains left a female passenger in the front seat of his car, who was taken to Holy Spirit Hospital where she is underwent surgery. The extent of her injuries are unknown at this point.

The trooper that was in the marked patrol unit was not seriously hurt, however he was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for precautionary measures.    

He was released Thursday morning.

“The pursuits are very dangerous and it’s very dangerous not only for law enforcement but the community as well and that’s why people see all the charges that were charged because of the danger this individual put on the police and the community,“ said Trooper Brent Miller, public information officer for the Pennsylvania State Police.

Stains was taken into custody following the police chase.

He faces aggravated assault, driving under the influence and disorderly conduct along with a dozen other charges.

Stain is at the Franklin County Jail on $1 million dollars bail.