A Meadville man who police say almost struck an officer with a automotive earlier than main authorities on a chase that reached speeds of greater than 124 mph in early January will head to trial in that case and one other arising from an incident that occurred per week earlier.
Within the first incident, police say Nathan R. George, 40, wrestled drunkenly with two Meadville Police Division officers making an attempt to arrest him at his residence within the 700 block of Chestnut Avenue on Jan. 2.
Every week later, George allegedly fled from an tried visitors cease by police, in line with the possible trigger affidavit filed by police within the case. He quickly crashed head-on into one other car, almost struck an officer responding to the crash, after which led police south for about 15 miles on Interstate 79. The pursuit ended, in line with the affidavit, with George sending one other automotive spinning off the freeway and his personal car overturning a number of occasions earlier than coming to a relaxation off the roadway.
George waived his preliminary hearings in each instances earlier than Magisterial District Decide Samuel Pendolino on Thursday.
Within the first incident, George is charged with pushing and poking one other particular person earlier than he resisted police efforts to arrest him. The felony grievance filed by police describes him as having glassy, bloodshot eyes as he staggered and slurred his speech.
Within the second incident, metropolis police obtained studies that George could have violated a safety from abuse order and that he was driving whereas intoxicated and was carrying a gun, in line with the affidavit. They tried to cease George, who was driving a Toyota Camry close to the intersection of South Morgan Avenue and Alden Alley, at about 4 p.m. Jan. 9.
George ignored their lights and sirens and fled west on Arch Avenue whereas touring within the eastbound lane. He continued for a number of blocks, ignoring cease indicators and almost sideswiping one other car, in line with the felony grievance, earlier than putting one other car head-on on the intersection of Liberty and Linden streets.
Simply after the crash, the town police officer who had tried to cease George parked behind the apparently disabled car and exited his SUV. George backed into the police car after which pulled ahead into the car he had struck within the intersection earlier than backing up and putting the police SUV once more.
On the time, Assistant Chief Michael Stefanucci stated the responding officer was “a step away from being pinned between” the 2 automobiles.
As George headed towards the interstate, the officer who had almost been struck returned to his broken SUV, which had had the entrance bumper pushed again into the entrance of the car, in line with Stefanucci.
“Someway, it at the very least remained useful sufficient that he stayed in pursuit,” Stefanucci stated on the time. The officer who narrowly escaped being struck was not injured within the incident.
A number of metropolis police automobiles have been joined by a number of state police automobiles as George led them on a chase out of the town and south on I-79, in line with a state police press launch.
George’s car reached speeds of greater than 124 mph throughout the pursuit and finally struck one other car whereas attempting to cross it on the jap berm of the freeway, police reported. The car he tried to cross was despatched spinning off the roadway whereas George’s Camry overturned a number of occasions. He was not injured within the incident, in line with police.
When state police approached George’s automotive, he was standing by the open driver’s facet door and ignored instructions from troopers who had their weapons drawn, in line with police. Regardless of the troopers’ instructions, George repeatedly reached again into his car, police reported.
When George stumbled away from the car, troopers closed the automotive door and noticed that his palms have been empty earlier than wrestling him to the bottom and handcuffing him, in line with the affidavit. Officers later discovered a loaded rifle within the car together with three knives and an open container of vodka.
A breath take a look at performed at 5:28 p.m. confirmed George’s blood alcohol degree was 0.32 %, in line with police. Beneath Pennsylvania regulation, a blood alcohol content material of 0.08 % is taken into account to be inebriated if working a car.
George faces felony costs of aggravated assault and fleeing an officer. The misdemeanor costs in opposition to him include two counts of recklessly endangering one other particular person, DUI — basic impairment, DUI — highest charge of alcohol, accident involving harm to an attended car and resisting arrest. The abstract visitors costs in opposition to him embody careless driving, reckless driving, 4 counts of failing to obey a cease signal, 4 counts of failing to cease at a purple visitors sign and several other rushing costs.
George additionally faces a misdemeanor cost of resisting arrest and abstract costs of drunkenness prohibited and harassment associated to the Jan. 2 incident.
George stays free on $50,000 bail. A trial within the case might be scheduled for the September time period of Crawford County Court docket of Widespread Pleas.
Mike Crowley will be reached at 724-6370 or by e mail at email@example.com.