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[PA] State rep cited for driving over trooper's foot
|Last Edited||Scott³ Nov 21, 2007 12:33am|
|News Date||Tuesday, November 20, 2007 08:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Pittsburgh Post Gazette article. |
"A Pennsylvania state representative yesterday was cited for a moving violation after he allegedly ran over a state police officer's foot during a traffic stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
State Rep. Joe Petrarca, D-Vandergrift, said he didn't think he had hit the officer.
The incident occurred in the early afternoon near Wells Township, Fulton County, when Trooper John Beaken pulled over Mr. Petrarca for speeding. According to police, Mr. Petrarca left "abruptly" after the traffic stop. The left rear tire of his 2007 Toyota Camry rolled over the trooper's foot.
The trooper received minor injuries.
In a press release, Mr. Petrarca said, "I immediately stopped and attempted to explain to the trooper that I didn't believe my tire came into contact with his foot.
"I regret the entire incident starting with my speeding on the turnpike. I apologized at the scene if any contact did occur and I am glad the trooper stated to me he was unhurt."
Mr. Petrarca was headed to the state Capitol in Harrisburg at the time. He said he was driving 75 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone. He intends to pay the fine."