PHILIPSBURG – Not using a turn signal led to two men being jailed on multiple charges in Centre County.
State police at Philipsburg said Dennis L. Roach Jr., 35, of Osceola Mills, was driving on Second Street Saturday afternoon when he failed to signal a turn. Troopers attempted to stop Roach’s vehicle, but he fled, leading police on several roads in Clearfield County.
The pursuit ended on state Route 350 south of Dale Road in Rush Township, Centre County. Both Roach and a passenger, Shawn F. Perks, 24, of Philipsburg, jumped from the vehicle.
Perks then allegedly claimed to have a weapon while he was being arrested, and he repeatedly threatened to kill three state troopers who were attempting to take him into custody. Perks was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and resisting arrest.
Roach is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, fleeing or eluding police officers, driving under the influence and several traffic offenses. Troopers did not say whether Roach threatened officers.
State police at Clearfield assisted in the capture of both Roach and Perks.
Roach and Perks were arraigned and were placed in Centre County Prison in lieu of $300,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 19.