Man Who Snarled Traffic Fleeing Police While ‘Tripping on Acid’ Waives Hearing

| September 13, 2019

GavelIRWIN TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A 28-year-old man who created a snarl of traffic by fleeing police while allegedly “tripping on acid” waived his preliminary hearing in court on Wednesday.

Court documents indicate the following charges against Calvin Jared Perry, of Eastlake, Ohio, were waived for court on Wednesday, September 11:

– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2
– Flight To Avoid Apprehension/Trial/Punishment, Misdemeanor 2
– Disorder Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense, Misdemeanor 3
– Loitering And Prowling At Night Time, Misdemeanor 3
– Obstruction Highways, Misdemeanor 3
– Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct, Summary

The charges have been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Unable to post $25,000.00 monetary bail, Perry remains lodged in the Venango County Jail.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 8:13 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, Trooper Seybert, of the Franklin-based State Police, was dispatched to a location on Old Route 8 in Irwin Township, Venango County, for a report of a young black male, wearing blue jeans with no shirt, behaving oddly in the yard of a residence. The male was reportedly seen leaving the yard, walking northbound on Old Route 8.

While en route to the location, Trooper Seybert located a male matching the physical description walking on Georgetown Road near the intersection with Old Route 8.

According to the complaint, as Trooper Seybert approached in his patrol unit, the male “took off” on foot into a grassy area on the north side of the roadway. Tpr. Seybert told him to stop and announced he was a State Police trooper and then exited his vehicle.

The complaint notes that when Trooper Seybert asked the man what was going on, the man replied that he was “tripping on acid,” and when further asked if he required medical attention, the man said that he did. According to the complaint, during the interaction, the man became anxious and had to be told to stop walking away on multiple occasions. He also allegedly appeared to be hallucinating and was “not making much sense.”

The man was then identified as Calvin Jared Perry.

After Perry gave his name, he allegedly began to flee toward State Route 8, despite verbal commands from Trooper Seybert to stop. Perry then turned around and ran westbound on Georgetown Road across Old Route 8 while Tpr. Seybert followed in his patrol vehicle with the emergency lights activated. The complaint notes Perry ignored numerous verbal commands to stop and get on the ground and continued down Old Route 8.

According to the complaint, Perry’s actions caused traffic to begin to pack up on the southbound lanes of travel.

Officer Deeter of the Polk Borough Police Department then arrived at the scene, and Perry allegedly ran into the front of Officer Deeter’s patrol vehicle. Perry then ran across old Route 8 in front of northbound traffic, which had come to a stop, and continued running despite repeated commands to stop from both of the officers. He allegedly jumped off the east side of the roadway into a wooded area and began to run north, at which point Tpr. Seybert deployed his taser to gain control of Perry.

The complaint notes that Perry continued to physically resist arrest as he was taken into custody.

He was then arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 1:05 a.m. on Sunday, September 1.

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