CLEARFIELD – A Curwensville man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase last year was sentenced to state prison on Monday.
Shad Lucas Bloom pleaded guilty to eight counts of aggravated assault, seven counts of recklessly endangering another person, two counts of criminal mischief, and a number of summary charges.
President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman sentenced Bloom to five-to-ten years per count of aggravated assault, to run concurrent to one another, to a state correctional institution. He was ordered to attend anger management counseling upon release, ordered to pay restitution and to submit to DNA testing. On the charges of reckless endangerment, Bloom was sentenced to two years at a state correctional facility, with those terms to run concurrent to the aggravated assault sentences. He was also ordered to pay fines and costs and was sentenced to a probation period.
Bloom came to the attention of officers during a DUI Strike Force last April. Bloom failed to stop at a blinking red light, then failed to pull over when police initially tried to stop him. He led them through Clearfield Borough and Lawrence Township, at one point he was reported to have gone the wrong way down a one way street. A total of four police cars were in pursuit of Bloom, each car holding two officers.
Police reported that Bloom got on state Route 879 and was heading toward Curwensville when he pulled onto Old Erie Pike and then Carbon Mine Road. According to court records, Carbon Mine Road Extension was closed due to a strip mining operation. When Bloom reached the end of the road, he attempted to back up. Two officers attempted to stop Bloom and remove him from his vehicle. One of those officers, Travis Goodman of the Lawrence Township Police Department, was struck by the vehicle at one point when it ran over his foot/ankle. The other officer jumped out of the way to avoid being hit.
Bloom was reported to have had his vehicle turned around and was trying to flee the scene. Bloom was stopped when a police vehicle operated by Sgt. John Licatovich of the DuBois City Police Department and Officer Julie Wehler made a pit-maneuver and hit Bloom head on in a legal intervention. Bloom’s vehicle was then boxed in so officers could take him into custody.
A total of two from Lawrence Township Police Department and one from DuBois City Police Department were injured. Lawrence Township Police Department reported that none of the injuries were life-threatening and that no civilians were injured.
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Before being sentenced Bloom apologized to the police officers from the incident.
“There’s no justification for what I did,” said Bloom.