Man Flees on Foot During Traffic Stop in Oil City

| July 10, 2018

HandcuffsOIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A man is facing a series of charges following an incident in which he fled from police during a traffic stop in Oil City.

Court documents indicate on July 2, the Oil City Police Department filed the following criminal charges against 30-year-old Johnathan Noel Colon of Sharon:

  • Obstruct Administration of Law/Other Government Function, Misdemeanor 2
  • Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2
  • Driver’s License Suspended/Revoked Pursuant to Section 3802/1547B1, Summary
  • Driving Without A License, Summary
  • Duties At Stop Sign, Summary

Unable to post $10,000.00 cash bail, he remains lodged in the Venango County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, with Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey presiding.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, Patrolman Webster was traveling north on Elm Street when he observed a white Chevrolet Impala travel through the intersection of Duncomb Street and Elm Street without stopping at the stop sign.

Patrolman Webster pulled behind the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on Spruce Street.

According to the complaint, as Patrolman Webster was approaching the vehicle, the driver opened the driver’s side door. The driver was instructed to get back inside the vehicle, but the driver didn’t comply and began to flee the area on foot, heading east toward Chestnut Street.

Patrolman Webster began to pursue the driver on foot. The driver ran through several yards and across Chestnut Street and continued to run east behind a house. As Patrolman Webster approached the corner of the house, he noted he could hear the driver breathing heavily.

The driver was instructed to lie down on the ground and keep his hands out to his sides.

Patrolman Byham then arrived and placed handcuffs on the driver. The driver was then escorted back to the patrol vehicle.

Upon his return to the vehicle, Patrolman Webster found a Pennsylvania identification card for Johnathan Noel Colon and identified Colon as the driver of the vehicle.

According to the complaint, while Patrolman Webster was still at the scene, the owner of the vehicle arrived and stated she let Colon borrow her vehicle to go to the store. She also informed Patrolman Webster that Colon called her while he was being pulled over and informed her where the vehicle was located and that he intended to run.

Colon was arraigned at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 2, in Judge Lowrey’s office.


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