A Clearfield County man accused of injuring two Pennsylvania state troopers in a scuffle was taken into custody for a second time this morning after he walked out of a Pittsburgh hospital and was spotted by police.
Security at UPMC Mercy called 911 about 2:20 a.m. to report that Thomas Desmond, 22, of Luthersburg "fled" from the hospital's 12th floor, Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard said in an email.
Pittsburgh police spotted him a short while later and returned him to UPMC Mercy, where he was turned over to Pennsylvania State Police custody.
State police obtained a warrant earlier this week charging Mr. Desmond with aggravated assault, simple assault and resisting arrest.
The charges stem from a crash in Dubois about 9 p.m. Saturday.
Troopers said Mr. Desmond fled from the crash scene and then, when a trooper found him, tossed something into some weeds, Sgt. Thomas Josephson said.
The trooper told Mr. Desmond to hold his hands up and put one of Mr. Desmond's hands into handcuffs.
Before the trooper could place Mr. Desmond's other hand in handcuffs, Mr. Desmond bit the trooper, who called for back-up, Sgt. Josephson said.
He said Mr. Desmond kicked a second trooper who arrived to help with the arrest.
Mr. Desmond was also injured in the scuffle. Sgt. Josephson said he did not have information about the extent or nature of Mr. Desmond's injuries. He said he thought Mr. Desmond was treated at a hospital in Clearfield County before he was transported to Pittsburgh for further treatment.
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