Taser used after man allegedly attempted to escape moving police car

A Delaware County man was shocked twice with a Taser by state police Saturday after allegedly attempting to escape from a police car.

According to the criminal complaint filed by state police at Rockview, a trooper was working outside of Beaver Stadium during the Penn State vs. Michigan football game when he observed a man “staggering and falling down.” The man reportedly tried to run away when approached but fell again and was helped to his feet by the trooper.

After being told he was being taken to police services, the man again tried to pull away from the trooper, police said. He was taken to the ground, where he allegedly continued to resist until he was restrained by several officers and handcuffed.

The man was identified as John R. Dautrich, 18, of Wayne, police said. He had reportedly been drinking heavily.

A second trooper transported Dautrich from the stadium to the Rockview barracks. Dautrich was reportedly in the front seat of the vehicle, secured by a seat belt with his hands cuffed behind his back.

He was able to remove his seat belt and open the passenger door while the car was in motion, police said. The trooper attempted to restrain Dautrich to prevent escape, but he reportedly broke free and was able to get both feet out and exit the vehicle.

The trooper deployed his Taser to prevent escape, police said, and was able to climb over the center console and grab Dautrich. A second shock was deployed, at which point the trooper was able to gain control over Dautrich and additional units arrived on the scene.

Dautrich was arraigned Sunday before District Judge Steven Lachman, according to court documents, and charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and escape, and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Unsecured bail was set at $10,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews