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Man Allegedly Tried to Escape from Moving Police Car

by on October 23, 2017 3:07 PM

Police deployed a Taser on a man who reportedly tried to escape from a moving police car after he was arrested outside of Beaver Stadium.

According to a criminal complaint, at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, a Pennsylvania State Police trooper observed  John R. Dautrich, 18, of Wayne, Pa., staggering and falling down. When the trooper approached to help him, Dautrich, who police said had been drinking heavily, reportedly tried to run away but fell down. 

When Dautrich was informed he would be taken to police services, he allegedly tried to flee and was taken to the ground and handcuffed. On the walk to police services, he allegedly again tried to run and continued to struggle after he was taken to the ground. He reportedly had to be restrained by several officers.

Dautrich was later put in the front passenger seat of a police vehicle to be transported to the Rockview barracks. According to the complaint, his hands were cuffed behind his back and his seatbelt was secured.

Dautrich reportedly managed to remove his seatbelt and open the passenger door while the vehicle was in motion. The trooper twice attempted to restrain him, but Dautrich was able to get out of the car, according to the complaint.

The trooper used his Taser to prevent escape and climbed over the center console to grab hold of Dautrich. Police said Dautrich began to kick and resist the trooper, who then deployed the Taser a second time. At that point the trooper regained control of Dautrich and additional units arrived on the scene soon after, according to the complaint.

Dautrich was charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and escape, two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, three misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and summary counts of public drunkenness and consumption of alcohol by a minor. 

He was arraigned on Sunday morning before District Judge Steven Lachman and unsecured bail was set at a total of $20,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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