Westmoreland man was drunk when he tried to steal cop car after crash with off-duty officer – WPXI

Dan Smith

State police say the Unity man got drunk and ran into an off-duty police officer, then stole a patrol car and tried to escape.

According to Channel 11's news partner Tribune, 32-year-old Richard Allen Wilden faces felony charges of attempted theft, as well as misdemeanor charges such as resisting arrest, vandalism on premises, and driving under the influence, as well as five charges. He was indicted for traffic violations. review.

The alleged incident occurred just before 1:00 am on December 18 in the Oklahoma Borough. According to court documents, an off-duty officer told state police that Wilden's car crossed the middle lane while he was about to make a left turn onto Route 66 from Orrhi Avenue. Trib reports that they hit him head-on at high speed.

Trapped in the car, Wilden was rescued from the wreckage by an off-duty police officer, who said he smelled alcohol at Wilden, according to court documents.

Wilden allegedly admitted to drinking to state troopers. According to the complaint, he then allegedly said, "I'm on parole. I'm not talking to you. You can deal with my parents."

Reportedly, Wilden was placed in the back of a police car handcuffed, but attempted to escape by crawling into the driver's seat of a moving vehicle.

A policeman standing outside the cruiser heard the vehicle accelerate as Wilden put his foot on the gas pedal. I found you.

Wilden was placed in Westmoreland County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 27.