Student gave false name before trying to run, police say

A Penn State student faces misdemeanor and summary charges after allegedly lying to police about his identity and then trying to flee.

According to Penn State police, an officer on duty at about 3 p.m. Sept. 30 near Beaver Stadium observed a “visibly impaired” man walking down Curtin Road. The man reportedly had been stumbling and was holding onto a second man for balance.

Penn State faced off against Indiana on Sept. 30, winning 45-14.

The officer escorted the men off to the side of the road, police said, as the first man presented himself as a student named Zachary Miller, age 21. The man reportedly admitted to drinking alcohol.

A preliminary breath test showed a BAC of .131, police said, however dispatch was unable to locate a record for the man. A second officer on the scene who had spoken with the second man said that man knew the student as “Stephen.”

The first man reportedly then attempted to flee the scene, police said, refusing to stop when ordered. He was apprehended and taken into custody.

The man, positively identified as Stephen G. Herrick, 20, of Greenville, was arraigned Monday via summons by District Judge Charity Nileski, according to court documents, and charged with misdemeanor counts of escape, resisting arrest and false identification to police. Additional summary charges of purchase alcohol by a minor and public drunkenness were also filed.

A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 8.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews