Franklin Man Pleads Guilty In Police Chase, Crashing Into Franklin’s Exchange Building

August 30, 2013
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A Franklin man who was seriously injured in a crash that ended a police chase in downtown Franklin early one January morning entered guilty pleas to charges in the case this week in Venango County Court in Franklin.

18 year-old Colin Agin will be sentenced on October 31.

Agin pleaded guilty to charges of fleeing police and the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.  In exchange, three other charges were dismissed.

Aware of a report that a pickup had been stolen from a Cooperstown resident, a State Police trooper tried to stop a vehicle fitting the stolen truck’s description in the Meadville Pike area early on the morning of January 13.  The trooper said Agin led them on a chase into Franklin, and across the 13th Street Bridge.  The chase came to an end when the driver failed to maneuver a turn at the intersection of 13th and Liberty Streets, and crashed into the historic Exchange Building.

Agin was hospitalized in Erie, and was treated for severe injuries.  As a result, police could not file charges until May.

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