Police: Driver hit trooper with truck in Bentleyville
A Fredericktown motorist faces numerous charges after his vehicle allegedly struck a state trooper directing traffic on South Main Street in Bentleyville 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Arnold J. Frankie, 62, of 165 Barney's Run Road, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and single counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest or other law enforcement, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, obedience to authorized persons directing traffic, careless driving, and reckless driving.
Trooper Heather Gonglik, of the Belle Vernon Barracks, was dispatched to Bentleyville after Southwest Regional Police requested assistance at an accident scene.
Police said Frankie – approaching the scene driving south in his 2012 Ford F-250 – was ordered to stop but failed to immediately do so. When Frankie eventually stopped, Gonglik approached the driver's side of the vehicle. After talking with the trooper for a short time, Frankie began to drive away, ignoring commands to stop, according to a police report.
In doing so, Frankie's vehicle allegedly struck Gonglik, knocking her to the ground.
Gonglik pursued Frankie in her patrol car for just over half a mile before the suspect stopped.
Frankie was taken into custody without incident, police said.
Frankie was arraigned before Centerville-based Magisterial District Judge Joshua Kanalis and placed in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000 bond.
Gonglik was treated at an area hospital for “minor to moderate” injuries and later released, police said.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2667.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.