Police Identify Wanted Man From Tuesday Pursuit, Allegedly Find Meth Lab In Camper

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WARREN – Pennsylvania State Police have identified the wanted suspect who fled from law enforcement on Tuesday evening.

Our news partner Erie News Now reports that troopers from the Corry and Warren barracks tried to serve a felony warrant on Daniel W. Heidler, 35, of Columbus, Pa., in Freehold Township around 5:30 p.m.

Police spotted Heidler driving a vehicle and he led them on a pursuit in to Chautauqua County.

Troopers say the vehicle pursuit ended when Heidler crashed his vehicle in a ditch at Kortwright Road and Niobe Roads in the Town of Harmony.

Heidler then ran into the woods, and police say, a search ensued but Heidler could not be found.

Investigators served a search warrant on a camper in Freehold Township, where investigators said they believed a gun Heidler possessed was being kept.

They say the gun is related to a previously reported attempted homicide incident, and Heidler is not permitted to possess a firearm, which is why the felony warrant was issued.

Troopers also found items in the camper used to make methamphetamine.

Clandestine Laboratory Response Team (CLRT) was called to the scene and seized an expended one-pot lab, a gas generator, items used to make meth, meth oil and paraphernalia used to make the drug.

State Police have since obtained a new arrest warrant for Heidler on charges for persons not to possess a firearm.

Anyone with information on Heidler’s whereabouts is asked to call State Police in Warren at 814-728-3600.


HARMONY — Local police agencies, including the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, are asking the public to report any suspicious people or activities following a Tuesday traffic pursuit.

The Sheriff reports that at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police were involved in a vehicle pursuit starting in Pennsylvania and ending with the vehicle going into a ditch at the corner of Kortwright Road and Niobe Road in the Town of Harmony.

The subject fled into a wooded area on foot. The area was searched by multiple law enforcement agencies and K-9 units. The subject was not located and the search ended at about 9:30 p.m.

Authorities said the suspect involved in the incident is wanted on charges out of Pennsylvania. There is no indication the suspect remained in New York, however, if anyone suspicious is seen in the area, they are asked to not hesitate to call the Sheriff’s Office.

Pennsylvania State Police in Corry are handling the investigation.


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