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Police: High-speed chase yields 2 suspects, 31 goats, sheep

The Associated Press

HERNDON, Pa. — Authorities say two Pennsylvania men are facing charges after speeding away from police in a truck containing 31 goats and sheep.

A state trooper approaches a GMC single-cab truck housing goats and sheep that became disabled between a farm field and Otto Station Road, in Herndon, Pa., following a vehicle pursuit involving state police and officers from other municipalities, Thursday, June 15, 2017. Jarrett Castelonia, 36, of Danville, Pa., and Peter Birster, allegedly attempted to ram the front of a police car with a GMC truck hauling animals. (Larry Deklinski/The News-Item via AP)

WNEP-TV reports the 34-mile, high-speed chase began Thursday morning after police received a complaint about a truck containing noisy farm animals parked in a residential area. Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush says when he arrived two men got in the truck and took off, going through red lights.

Spike strips were used to slow the truck down. Thirty-six-year-old Jarrett Castelonia and 25-year-old Peter Birster were taken into custody on more than 80 charges including aggravated assault and animal cruelty. Some animals died.

It wasn’t immediately known if they have lawyers. Hollenbush says he doesn’t know why the men ran; Castelonia owns the vehicle and the animals.

Jarrett Castelonia, 36, of Danville, Pa., is brought out of the woods near Otto Station Road, Herndon, Pa., following a vehicle pursuit Thursday, June 15, 2017. Castelonia and Peter Birster, allegedly attempted to ram the front of a police car with a GMC truck hauling sheep and goats. (Larry Deklinski/The News-Item via AP)