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Media sting precedes chase, arrests on felony charges

The day manager at Media's Raven Motel says he has never seen anything like it. The man was on duty March 7 when a vehicle sped away from the East State Street motel. Law enforcement officers claim the vehicle nearly ran down police officers who were there to arrest an alleged heroin dealer as part of a sting operation.

The 26-year-old Philadelphia man police believe was driving the SUV is now facing a long list of criminal charges, including drug crimes accusations, attempted homicide, aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

Two men in the vehicle with him face allegations including felonies for drug dealing and assault on a law enforcement officer, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office says.

The Daily Times reports that court documents indicate that a detective bought $200 worth of heroin in a room at the motel. After the transaction, the detective reportedly contacted waiting officers that the sale was complete and that arrests could be made.

However, the suspect left the room and got into a Kia SUV, police say, and drove down an alleyway which was quickly sealed off in front and behind the Kia by police vehicles with overhead lights on.

Two officers got out of the vehicles, which was when the Kia suddenly accelerated into the police van in front of it. The collision allegedly caused the Kia to strike an ATF officer and nearly strike several other officers.

Interestingly, the media article we read claims both that the ATF officer was struck and that he sustained a minor ankle injury when he took evasive action to avoid being struck by the Kia.

Officers then engaged in a high-speed pursuit of the SUV before the vehicle pulled over and police arrested two of the occupants. A third man escaped; a suspect was later arrested in New York.

The suspects in the case face a number of serious charges and would be wise to decline to speak to prosecutors or police until they have discussed matters with an experienced criminal defense attorney. 

Source: DelcoTimes.com, "Anatomy of a drug sting: 3 in custody after undercover operation touches off wild chase," Rose Quinn, March 18, 2014

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