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DUI charge withdrawn in cruiser-ramming

April 26, 2018 News Extra

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Police chase suspect accused in ramming trooper's car on March 30th, waived most charge, three others withdrawn.

BUTLER TWP — A Butler man accused of ramming a trooper's cruiser after leading police on a chase waived to court Thursday most of his charges, including a pair of felonies.

Prosecutors, however, withdrew two other criminal charges — one a felony — that accused David R. Coleman, 50, of Butler of driving while impaired at the time.

Those charges were dropped, said Terri Schultz, a county assistant district attorney, because of what police told her the toxicology reports showed — a blood-alcohol level of about 0.01 percent, “or something like that.”

Reportedly, she also said, there were no drugs in Coleman's system.

He still faces a top count of aggravated assault on a police officer.

State police arrested the defendant following the alleged chase that began in Butler about 4:30 p.m. March 30 when investigators say he allegedly ran a stop sign.

He intentionally rammed a cruiser driven by Trooper Kevin Goss' cruiser, according to court documents. Goss was injured and taken to Butler Memorial Hospital.

Coleman on Thursday opted to give up his right to a preliminary hearing on the advice of his attorney, public defender Joseph Smith, who learned that prosecutors were withdrawing three charges.

In addition to aggravated assault, Coleman waived to court a felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude police, misdemeanor counts of child endangerment, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, and a list of other traffic violations.

His next scheduled court appearance is June 5 when he will be formally arraigned in Butler County Court.

A full story will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Grew up in upstate New York. Earned my Journalism degree in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin. Worked for two newspapers in Fayette County (Pa.) before starting at the Butler Eagle in 1998.