Kenneth Digiacomo, 53, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor flight to avoid apprehension after fleeing from a traffic stop in July of last year. He was sentenced to time served to a year in Butler County Prison and was immediately paroled. However, Digiacomo was on state parole at the time of these charges, and will be sent back into state custody.
Digiacomo was also ordered to pay court costs and a $100 fine, as well as complete counseling recommended by the Butler County Adult Probation Office.
State police filed the charges after a traffic stop at 9:45 a.m. Police said a red Dodge Ram pickup truck was seen with an expired registration heading south on North Main Street.
Police said a traffic stop was initiated and the vehicle pulled over in a parking lot at 505 N. Main St.
Inside the vehicle were Digiacomo driving and two passengers, Jonathan Beck and Ashley M. McKissick.
The trooper ended up drawing his gun while Beck was digging around under the front seat and failed to comply with commands.
Digiacomo had an active warrant for his arrest, and while the officer was checking this information, Digiacomo opened the driver’s door and ran off.
His clothing description was then broadcast and state police, Butler police and the Butler County Sheriff Office K-9 officer searched the area, but Digiacomo was not found.
While police spoke with Beck and McKissick, Beck admitted that there was a crack pipe under his seat, and marijuana was found. Also found inside the vehicle were two Hydrocodone pills under the driver’s seat, three glass pipes and a small scale with suspected powder cocaine residue.