A man is facing a laundry list of charges after ramming his truck into a vehicle carrying his girlfriend and into state police cruisers. Lieutenant Eric Hermick with state police in Butler said at about 8 p.m. a call came in saying Christopher Mann, 37, of Boyers, threatened his girlfriend with a knife and forced her into his pickup truck. The girlfriend's mother followed the couple in her vehicle until they reached the intersection of Route 308 and Mahood Road, when the woman jumped out of Mr. Mann's car and got into her mother's car.
Lieutenant Hermick said Mr. Mann followed the vehicle at high speeds, ramming into the back of it as the girlfriend reported the chase to 911 dispatchers. When police arrived and drove a cruiser between Mr. Mann's truck and the victim's vehicle, Mr. Mann began ramming the truck into the cruiser. The chase went on for nearly 10 minutes before police made the car stop by hitting its rear bumper and forcing the truck to jackknife.
He was taken into custody without further incident. The police cruisers involved suffered serious damage but no injuries were reported.
Mr. Mann is facing multiple charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, domestic violence, simple assault, harassment and felony charges for assaulting police officers.
Deborah M. Todd: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1652.