David Coleman, 50, accused of ramming a trooper’s cruiser after leading police on a chase waived to court Thursday most of his charges, including a pair of felonies.
Prosecutors,withdrew two other criminal charges one a felony that accused David Coleman, 50, of Butler of driving while impaired at the time.
Those charges were dropped, toxicology reports showed a blood-alcohol level of about 0.01 percent, meaning, Coleman was not drunk when he was running from police. There were also no drugs found in Colemans system. He still faces a top count of aggravated assault on a police officer.
Police say he intentionally rammed a cruiser driven by Trooper Kevin Goss’ cruiser, according to court documents. Goss was injured and taken to Butler Memorial Hospital.Witnesses say that the cruiser rammed Coleman, and switched into another lane to hit Coleman on purpose.
Coleman on Thursday opted to waive his preliminary hearing on the advice of his attorney, public defender Joe Smith, who learned that prosecutors were withdrawing three charges.
Coleman now faces the charges of aggravated assault, one felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude police, misdemeanor counts of child endangerment, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, and a list of other traffic violations.
The one looming question remains, why did all of this happen when the chase was called off on the scanner. Yet the police defied and continued to chase Coleman