WARREN — A Columbus, Pa. resident who led authorities to search for him recently in the Kiantone area was remanded to Warren County Prison on $50,000 bail.
Online court records obtained by WNYNewsNow indicated that Daniel Heidler was arraigned on charges of possession of firearm prohibited and false report- falsely incriminate another.
Pennsylvania State Trooper Cindy Schick confirmed to WNYNewsNow that Heidler turned himself in Monday without incident.
Heidler first interacted with the Pennsylvania State Police during an alleged attempted homicide at the Cobblestone Inn in Columbus Township, Warren County in June.
Schick says Heidler alleged he was shot at by a 36-year-old man from Corry, Pennsylvania, although through investigation, troopers determined that the incident was false.
“Through that investigation they discovered that Heidler was in possession of a firearm during that incident back in June, he is a person that is not allowed to possess a firearm due to charges that he had filed on him and he was convicted of prior to these events,” explained Trooper Schick.
Almost two weeks later, on Tuesday, July 7, police were attempting to arrest Heidler on a felony warrant stemming from the June report, when he allegedly fled in a vehicle.
Police say Heidler led them on a pursuit in to New York State before crashing his vehicle into a ditch at the corner of Kortwright Road and Niobe Road in the Town of Harmony.
Heidler then, according to police, fled into a wooded area on foot. The area was searched by multiple law enforcement agencies and K-9 units, but Heidler was not located.
Investigators returned to his camper in Freehold Township where they originally confronted him hours before.
Inside the camper police allegedly found the gun related to the June incident and items used to make methamphetamine.
Heidler is scheduled to appear in front of Magisterial Judge Todd A. Woodin for a preliminary hearing on July 21 at 11:00 a.m.
Multimedia Journalist Justin Gould contributed to this report.
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