Man is tased after running from police

A Warren County man was tased multiple times after allegedly running from police following a Tuesday evening crash.

Edward C. Thornton, 42, of Sugar Grove, is charged with flight to avoid apprehension, fleeing or attempting to elude officer, accident involving damage to attended vehicle, DUI: general impairment, DUI: highest rate of alcohol, marijuana — small amount, and five summary traffic offenses.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, a Pennsylvania State Police trooper was at the intersection of West Main St. and North Main St. Youngsville when he saw a black Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Thornton make a right turn from North Main to West Main and crash into a car that was stopped at the stop sign on West Main at about 7:45 p.m.

Police said the crash activated the car’s side airbag.

When the officer activated his vehicle’s emergency lights and began to drive toward the crash, Thornton “exited his vehicle and ran east on East Main Street,” according to the affidavit. “I followed in my patrol vehicle until he turned” onto the deck of a local business.

The trooper then pursued Thornton on foot, according to the affidavit. The trooper said he identified himself and yelled at Thornton to stop “or I would tase him.”

“The defendant then jumped over the railing and off the elevated deck and onto the ground,” according to the affidavit. “I warned the defendant if he attempted to get up and run again, that I would tase him.”

“The defendant attempted to flee,” police said, and he was tased.

“The defendant still attempted to flee me after the initial deployment causing me to re-energize my taser three times,” police said in the affidavit. “Even after the taser activations, the defendant continued to flee. The defendant was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.”

Thornton was arraigned before District Judge Raymond Zydonik late Tuesday night and was taken to Warren County jail after failing to post $75,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31.


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