ARMSTRONG COUNTY, PA – A Pennsylvania State Trooper was injured on Monday, September 28th, 2020, after a police chase in Armstrong County with a 23-year-old Bloomfield Hills man.
At approximately 6:15 P.M. a Pennsylvania Trooper on patrol on Route 422 in Kittanning Township conducted a traffic stop on a Jeep Liberty after the officer witnessed the driver make multiple traffic violations.
The driver of the Jeep Liberty, Clark Kendrick Proctor, 23-years-old, of Bloomfield Hills, appeared to be impaired. Troopers said they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle.
According to police, Clark Proctor refused numerous times to get out of the vehicle. As officers were trying to forcibly remove him from his vehicle, he fled the scene. Troopers chased him for more than a mile. He ended up off the road and into a yard with his vehicle.
One of the PIT maneuver that the officers tried to effect on Clark Proctor’s Jeep Liberty was unsuccessful. The officer driving that patrol unit lost control of it during the maneuver and then hit a tree where it then caught fire.
The trooper was taken to a hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of what was described as non-life threatening injuries.
Troopers allege they found a gun, drugs and drug paraphernalia in the Jeep.
Clark Proctor has been charged with drug possession, fleeing from police, driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and several summary traffic violations.
He was arraigned Tuesday morning and lodged in the Armstrong County Jail on $75,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for October 6th.