Coalport man sentenced in ‘drunken rampage’

A Coalport man was sentenced Thursday to eight to 20 years for what authorities call a “drunken rampage.”

Craig Thompson, 23, pleaded guilty in January to 42 separate charges, including felony counts of aggravated assault, burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, accidents involving death or personal injury, and accidents involving death or personal injury while not licensed.

The charges stemmed from an April 13, 2013, incident in which Thompson stole a truck from a man camping with family and friends in the Philipsburg area. In the process, he exposed himself to a woman in another vehicle and rammed her vehicle in an attempt to flee.

Thompson became hostile when confronted and ran over another victim, who was severely injured. After leaving the scene, Thompson broke into the Royal Oak bar, stole two bottles of alcohol, then stopped at his sister’s home, where he kicked in the door and destroyed a fish tank with a cigar roller. He then abandoned the stolen truck in a Clearfield County field and fled on foot.

When state police apprehended him, he made a last-ditch escape attempt, trying to take control of a patrol car, ramming it into another police car. Police eventually used a stun gun on him.

Police say he was intoxicated throughout the incident.

“We are pleased that the defendant will account for ripping through the community on his inebriated extravaganza,” said Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller. “He showed no mercy or respect for those he hurt or what he destroyed. He has no business on our roads and will not be for a very long time.”