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Police: Knox Man Charged After Fleeing Traffic Stop on ATV

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 12:08 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

police-newRIMERSBURG BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Criminal charges have been filed against a Knox man who reportedly fled a traffic stop while riding an ATV on a road not designated for ATV’s.

According to court documents, on August 10, the New Bethlehem Borough Police Department filed the following criminal charges against 23-year-old Zachary Lee Dotterer:

– Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer, Misdemeanor 2
– Operation On Streets And Highways, Summary

According to a criminal complaint, on July 25, Officer Smith, of the New Bethlehem Borough Police Department, noticed an ATV that had been traveling south on State Route 68 in Rimersburg Borough, Clarion County, pull into a gas station and fill up at the pump.

The ATV then pulled out of the gas station and made a left turn to go south on State Route 68. Officer Smith then activated his emergency lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop based on the ATV being operated on a roadway not designated as an ATV road.

The driver accelerated and failed to yield to the emergency lights and siren, then turned left on Maple Grove Road, traveled for approximately a quarter-mile, then turned into a field that had a gate blocking the roadway. The ATV fled through a small trail next to the gate that was only big enough for an ATV, causing the pursuit to end, according to the complaint.

On July 29, police obtained video footage from the gas station and were able to identify the driver of the ATV as Zachary Dotterer. He was then interviewed on August 4.

When Dotterer was shown images and video footage of the incident, he admitted to evading police on the ATV, according to the complaint.

Charges were filed against Dotterer through Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller’s office on August 10.

A preliminary arraignment is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on August 26, with Judge Miller presiding.

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