Hearing Continued for Oil City Man Involved in Altercation With Two Police Officers

| September 15, 2021

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – A hearing for an Oil City man who reportedly resisted arrest and engaged in a physical altercation with two police officers has been continued.

Court documents indicate a preliminary hearing for 22-year-old Noah Jeffrey Cooley scheduled for Wednesday, September 15, has been continued and will resume at 8:30 a.m. on October 20 in Venango County Central Court.

He faces the following charges:

– Aggravated Assault – Attempts to cause or causes Bodily Injury to designated individuals, Felony 2 (two counts)
– Disarming Law Enforcement Officer – Without Lawful Authorization, Felony 3
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2
– Flight To Avoid Appreh/Trial/Punish, Misdemeanor 2
– False Identification To Law Enforcement Officer, Misdemeanor 3 (two counts)
– Disorderly Conduct Engage in Fighting, Misdemeanor 3
– Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct, Summary

He remains lodged in the Venango County Jail with bail denied due to being a parole absconder and a flight risk, according to the court documents.

The charges stem from an incident in Oil City in August.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 2:40 a.m. on August 21, two Oil City Police officers observed Noah Jeffrey Cooley, who they knew was wanted as a parole absconder, at a location on Spring Street and attempted to make contact with him.

Cooley reportedly fled on foot behind a building then engaged in a physical altercation with the officers in an attempt to escape. The physical altercation lasted approximately eight minutes, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, during the altercation, Cooley struck, kicked, and physically resisted the officers, all while ignoring their commands. At one point, Cooley also reportedly grabbed one of the officers’ holstered firearms.

Both officers suffered minor to moderate injuries during the altercation, the complaint notes.

The charges were filed against Cooley through Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office on August 21.

Cooley was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey on August 30.


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