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Heroin Dealer Who led Police on High-Speed Chase in State College is Sentenced

by on January 29, 2014 6:00 AM

A heroin dealer who led police on a high-speed chase down a busy State College street has been sentenced to six-and-a-half to ten years in state prison, says the Centre County District Attorney's office.

Stacy Henry was convicted for possession of heroin with intent to deliver, attempting to elude police, reckless endangerment and several traffic violations.

Henry was arrested on May 2, 2013 after selling heroin to an undercover officer but not until after a terrifying high speed pursuit. It ended with a crash that sent an innocent victim to the hospital with a broken neck and other injuries.

Henry came under investigation after police were tipped off that he was routinely bringing large amounts of heroin into Centre County.

After selling drugs to that undercover officer, Pennsylvania State Troopers watched as Henry picked up a woman in Milesburg and then drove to the Walmart on North Atherton Street.

Troopers called for assistance and a Ferguson Township police officer stopped Henry's car. According to prosecutors, Henry hid 16 baggies containing heroin and $4,400 in cash in his passenger's purse. He told the woman to get out and that he would drive away so she could escape.

However, when the woman exited the car, police ordered her to get back inside. Henry sped off, weaving through traffic as he drove north on North Atherton Street.

At the intersection of North Atherton and Colonnade Way Henry ran a red light and crashed into another car. That car flew into the air and rolled several times, coming to a rest upside down in the parking lot of the Penn State Federal Credit Union.

A passenger in that car was ejected and suffered a broken neck, hip and pelvis. She was flown to Altoona Regional Medical Center for emergency surgery.

Henry has five prior felony convictions for selling or distributing drugs going back to 1994. He was on parole at the time of his arrest and was driving on a suspended license.

In a prepared statement, District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said, “The defendant’s dedication to the drug trade drove him to endanger the lives of many, however the police and his record have derailed his criminal venture."

Parks Miller also says she's happy that Henry will have a long time to thing about "the error of his ways."

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