CLEARFIELD — Andrew J. Golden, 31, of Tyrone, who is facing a felony charge for fleeing from police waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Richard Ireland Wednesday at Centralized Court.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Sept. 12, Lawrence Township police received information that Golden was at the Discovery House. He was wanted on a 302 (mental health) warrant.
Officers Craig Kanour and Zachary Cowan responded but didn’t see Golden’s vehicle in the parking lot, so they walked into the building. When they walked inside, Golden ran out the door behind them. A foot chase ensued to the top of the hill where Golden’s vehicle was parked.
Golden got inside and Cowan attempted to open the passenger side door but it was locked. Cowan started to punch the glass in an attempt to break it but Golden drove off with Cowan’s hand still in the door handle.
Cowan was dragged about 15 feet before freeing himself and he began running down the road after Golden; Kanour began pursuing Golden in the patrol vehicle, but the officers lost sight of him.
They began to search the area but were unable to locate Golden and discontinued the search. The police then received a phone call from a victim who said a vehicle matching Golden’s ran her off the road on state Route 879 near the Super 8 Motel. The vehicle then pulled into the Snappy’s parking lot and hid behind a box truck. Police responded to the scene but the manager said Golden’s vehicle had left.
Police then received a tip that the vehicle was along Interstate 80 near the exit 120 off-ramp and police located the vehicle.
Golden is currently incarcerated in the Blair County Prison. His bail is set at $10,000 monetary, which was not posted.
He is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude officer – a felony of the third degree, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, both of which are misdemeanors of the second degree, as well as a number of summary traffic violations