Oil City Man Who Fled Police on Dirt Bike Waives Hearing

| June 6, 2020

GavelVENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man waived his hearing on Wednesday on charges related to a police pursuit that occurred in late May.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 26-year-old Joshua John Dobrowolski were waived for court on Wednesday, June 3:

– Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer, Felony 3
– Duties At Stop Sign, Summary (13 counts)
– Drive On Sidewalk, Summary (two counts)
– Drive Wrong Way, Summary (two counts)
– Careless Driving, Summary
– Reckless Driving, Summary
– Drive Unregistered Vehicle, Summary
– Operate Vehicle Without Required Financial Responsibility, Summary

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

Dobrowolski is currently free on $5,000.00 monetary bail.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Oil City on May 20.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 9:13 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, Officer Anderson, of the Oil City Police Department, observed a yellow dirt bike driving on the sidewalk on Spruce Street. Officer Anderson followed the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop at the intersection of Spruce Street and Cooper Avenue.

According to the complaint, when Officer Anderson activated his emergency lights, the operator of the dirt bike, later identified as Joshua John Dobrowolski, coasted into the roadway and stalled the bike. He then quickly kick-started it and “took off” going the wrong way on Spruce Street. Officer Anderson then turned on his siren and pursued the bike.

During the pursuit, Dobrowolski fled at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, traveled through 13 stop signs without slowing down, drove the wrong way on two one-way streets, and drove on two sidewalks, the complaint states.

Dobrowolski then reportedly traveled to the downtown Oil City area, where he drove onto the railroad tracks headed toward Colbert Avenue.

Dobrowolski then lost control of the bike and crashed on the railroad tracks behind McDonald’s. He was then taken into custody, according to the complaint.

He was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland at 2:05 a.m. on Thursday, May 21.


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