Man facing drug charges after two attempts to flee from police

Isaiah Tilghman
Isaiah Tilghman

A man accused of causing a head-on crash Wednesday after fleeing from police in Ferguson Township is also a suspect in an ongoing drug investigation.

According to the affidavit, 25-year-old Isaiah Tilghman allegedly told emergency medical technicians responding to Wednesday’s crash, “I make bad decisions. ... I could have killed someone.”

Tilghman’s statements come just three months after he allegedly evaded police in a similar encounter on Oct. 17.

Tilghman was allegedly driving his girlfriend’s car when police observed him throw a clear, plastic bag from the driver’s window near the 2300 block of West College Avenue.

According to the Oct. 17 affidavit, once stopped by police, Tilghman claimed he did not have identification because he “couldn’t pass the permit test.” Police determined that Tilghman’s driver’s license was suspended.

Police told Tilghman he would remain in custody until they determined what was in the bag. Tilghman escaped from custody on foot while police were attempting to locate the bag. According to the affidavit, the officers chased Tilghman but were unable to find him.

Police eventually located the bag that was determined to contain seven bundles of 90 individually packaged bags of heroin.

Prior to the crash Wednesday, police observed a woman exit a silver Hyundai and get into a silver Pontiac.

Both vehicles then exited the Boalsburg Mart parking lot, followed by police who suspected a drug transaction had just taken place.

After the woman’s vehicle was pulled over, she told police she had purchased heroin from the driver of the Pontiac, later identified as Tilghman.

At the same time, another police unit attempted to pull over Tilghman around the 3200 block of West College Avenue. Tilghman attempted to flee, passing several vehicles at the intersection of West College and Shingletown Road. The pursuit ended after Tilghman struck another vehicle head-on.

Tilghman then attempted to flee on foot, but was caught while trying to hide among residences on Sunday Drive.

Tilghman was arraigned Friday and is facing at least four felonies, including manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, fleeing or attempting to elude police and multiple counts of reckless endangerment.

Tilghman is being held at the county jail on $75,000 monetary bail.

His preliminary hearing will be held Wednesday.

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed