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Troopers Fire on Suspect Trying to Run Them Down
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            An Upper Frederick man accused of driving a stolen vehicle led the state police on a chase through two counties over the weekend. Before capturing Robert Chester Kieffer, 38, of Neiffer Road, in a wooded area in Milford Township in the early morning hours of Sept. 20, troopers discharged their weapons multiple times at a pickup truck advancing towards them.

            Kieffer, wanted on an active parole violation warrant out of Bucks County, faces 21 criminal counts from the incident. They include two felony counts of aggravated assault, as well as fleeing or attempting to elude an officer along with receiving stolen property. He also been charged with multiple misdemeanor drug and assault charges as well as numerous summary offenses, according to information posted on a state judicial website.

            The chase, which started in Upper Hanover and concluded in Milford, ended after Kieffer ran from his disabled vehicle to a property directly adjacent to 1805 Baumans Road. The man's vehicle – a Ford F 350 with noticeable gunshots in the front, rear and driver's side – was reported stolen two days earlier. Law enforcement officials discovered several clear plastic containers with suspected marijuana in the rear of the vehicle, according to the police criminal complaint in the New Britain court of District Judge Regina Armitage.

            At 12:18 a.m. on Sept. 20, two troopers pulled up behind a dark blue Ford F 350, with a temporary Delaware license plate, traveling north on Route 663 in Pennsburg. The plate was linked to a 2013 Buick Sedan, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

           The officers continued to follow the vehicle, waiting to activate their emergency lights and siren until they reached the intersection of Quakertown Road.  Rather than heed the warning, the truck continued to accelerate. It sped up to 70 mph, disregarding multiple posted stop signs.

            The vehicle turned right onto Geryville Pike and made a left onto Buck Road, where he abruptly stopped in the right lane. The officers exited the vehicle with the intent of conducting a high risk stop. However, the driver rammed the front of the patrol vehicle, according to the legal document.

            The truck continued east on Buck Road until it turned left onto Old Plains Road in Milford Township. After continuing onto Sleepy Hollow Road, it swerved off the road into a grassy ditch. As the troopers attempted to reposition their patrol car, the driver of the truck accelerated towards them. The officer swerved to avoid a collision.

            After continuing onto Steinsburg Road at a high rate of speed, the truck driver abruptly stopped at the intersection of Tirjan Road and reversed towards the patrol vehicle, which stopped and swerved into the property at 2495 Steinsburg Road. Rather than continue in the road, the man driving the truck conducted a K turn and began driving towards the troopers. They sought cover behind their vehicle and surrounding trees, and shot the oncoming vehicle, according to the court record.

           The truck driver – who was not struck by the gunfire – initially waived his right to an attorney during a police interview at 3:41 a.m. His eyes appeared bloodshot and glassy, his speech slurred and he was unable to keep his eyes open, the legal document states.

            Armitage set bail in the case at 10 percent of $1 million monetary during a Sept. 20 preliminary arraignment. Kieffer was remanded to Bucks County jail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sept. 29, according to the judicial website.





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