Fleeing Burglary Suspect Crashes Into State Police Car, Injuring Two Troopers
Two Pennsylvania State troopers were injured early Saturday when a fleeing burglary suspect crashed his car into their state police vehicle then went on to hit a pedestrian.
The incident began when Corry City Police officers were dispatched for a burglary in progress around 3:00 a.m. Saturday.
When police first arrived, the burglary suspect, now identified as 23-year-old Austin Lee Miller, fled the scene, driving off in a Ford Escape.
Corry police pursued the car, but the suspect failed to stop, committing several traffic violations along the way, according to police.
Pennsylvania State Police from both the Corry and Erie barracks came to assist Corry City police officers in the pursuit.
According to an official report from state police, at the intersection of Worth and West Smith Street, Miller went through a stop sign and hit a PSP vehicle that was in the intersection.
The collision caused the PSP vehicle to flip onto its roof. Miller's vehicle continued south of Worth Street, going up onto the sidewalk where it hit a pedestrian. The pedestrian is identified only as a 32-year-old man from Lockport, NY.
Rescuers had to extricate both troopers from their vehicle. They were flown by helicopter to UPMC Hamot, each suffering from serious but non-life threatening injuries. Corry police indicate that a tree was uprooted by the impact of the trooper's car.
The pedestrian was taken to Corry Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Miller attempted to run off after the crash, but police took him into custody a short time later.
The suspect was arraigned before Magisterial Judge Chris MacKendrick on charges of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, recklessly endangering another person and resisting arrest. He was remanded to the Erie County Prison.