Oil City Man Accused of Repeatedly Ramming Vehicle in Parking Lot

| May 4, 2021

SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man is facing felony charges after he allegedly rammed an occupied vehicle with his vehicle multiple times in a parking lot in Sugarcreek Borough early Monday morning.

Court documents indicate 38-year-old Samuel Burton Karns was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, May 3, on the following charges:

– Aggravated Assault – Attempts to Cause Serious Bodily Injury or Causes Injury, Felony 1
– Aggravated Assault By Vehicle While DUI, Felony 2
– Aggravated Assault by Vehicle, Felony 3
– Accidents Involving Death Or Personal Injury, Misdemeanor 1
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Accident Involving Damage Attended Vehicle/Property, Misdemeanor 3
– DUI: Controlled Substance – Impaired Ability – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– Reckless Driving, Summary

He was lodged in the Venango County Jail with bail denied due to “will not comply with bail conditions. Currently out on bond,” according to the court documents.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Sugarcreek Borough, Venango County, early Monday morning.

According to a criminal complaint, around 6:47 a.m. on May 3, Sugarcreek Borough Police were contacted about a hit-and-run accident at a business on Allegheny Boulevard. Police then proceeded to another business in the Cooperstown area after being advised of a vehicle suspected of involvement in the hit-and-run.

At the Cooperstown business, police spoke with Samuel Karns.

The complaint states that when Karns was asked about the hit-and-run, he told police he had struck a vehicle with someone sitting inside it.

The victim reported that the vehicle had struck his vehicle at least eight times.

A piece of the bumper that was missing from the front of Karns’s vehicle was found at the accident scene.

Karns was questioned about the time of the incident but was reportedly uncertain. He was then asked what day it was and said “May Day.” He also reportedly spoke rapidly had had difficulty standing still, according to the complaint.

Karns was then asked to undergo field sobriety testing. He showed several indicators of intoxication during the testing and due to his escalation in aggression, he was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Karns told police he “was doing what he did because the people in the car were following him.”

Karns was then transported to UPMC Northwest for a legal blood draw.

The victim also went to the Sugarcreek Borough Police station to make a full statement.

According to the complaint, the victim reported he was sitting in his vehicle when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle Karns was driving began ramming him and struck him at least eight times.

The victim’s vehicle had damage extensive enough that it had to be towed from the business.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on May 12, with Judge Lowrey presiding.

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