A vehicle crash in State College led to the driver allegedly fleeing the scene, but there was more to the story, including threats and a gun.
The vehicle rolled onto its side, then the occupants argued and fled the scene at about 8:10 a.m. Tuesday near the 1700 block of University Drive. One of the occupants did not get far.
Russell E. Loven, 33, of Bellefonte, was at the Nittany Budget Inn when he told the other occupant to come with him to pick up his girlfriend. Loven pointed a silver handgun at the occupant when he did not immediately go with Loven, police said in the affidavit of probable cause.
After leaving the Nittany Budget Inn, Loven was driving his girlfriend’s SUV when the vehicle approached the 1700 block of University Drive, left the road, went up an embankment and landed on its side.
The passenger tried to leave the vehicle, but was pulled back down by Loven. The passenger then tried to kick out the windows before he was eventually able to push a door open.
The passenger started walking away from the crash and saw Loven carrying a bag believed to carry the handgun.
Ferguson Township police stopped Loven at about noon in another vehicle and placed him into custody. Loven, who was not driving the vehicle, had his bags searched by police. A small amount of suspected marijuana and a switchblade were found, according to police.
Loven was charged with terroristic threats with the intent to terrorize another person; possessing, making repairs or selling an offensive weapon; and a crash involving death or injury, all misdemeanor charges.