Charleroi drug suspect tripped up
A former Donora man got tripped up as he was allegedly running from police after being caught trying to sell heroin.
Brian Marcel Webb, 40, of 1234 Randolph St., New Castle, is in jail facing numerous drug charges following his arrest about 8:30 p.m. Saturday by Charleroi Regional Police.
Webb led Officer Michael Leasure on a foot chase through downtown Charleroi after he was stopped at a bus stop on Fifth Street and McKean Avenue, according to the criminal complaint.
Bystander James Pardini said he heard Leasure yelling for the suspect to stop so he tripped him, causing the suspect to fall onto the sidewalk. Leasure tackled Webb as he allegedly tried to get up and run again. As Webb was being handcuffed, police found three bundles of heroin, individually wrapped bags of crack cocaine and a blue pocket knife that fell out of Webb's pants pocket, according to the complaint.
Leasure and Officer Ryan Brand began investigating after they received a call about a man and a woman allegedly attempting to sell drugs at the bus stop. When Leasure spoke to the male, later identified as Webb, the suspect allegedly said his name was William Terry, but he didn't know his Social Security number. As a Mid Mon Valley Transit bus pulled up, Webb allegedly said he needed to get on the bus, according to the complaint. Webb allegedly told police he did not know what address was on his driver's license. Leasure told him he didn't believe his name was William Terry and that he'd have to come to the police station, according to the complaint.
As Leasure began to ask him another question, Webb allegedly took off running. Leasure stated Webb refused to stop, so he deployed his Taser, striking him in the back. The Taser connection became disengaged as Webb continued running down McKean Avenue.
Pardini tripped Webb as the suspect allegedly continued running across McKean Avenue toward the River House Café, police said.
Police said Webb was in possession of eight bags of crack cocaine, three stamp bags of suspected heroin marked “X-Men,” 14 labeled “Focus” and six marked “Porsche.”
After police learned Webb was wanted for a probation violation, Webb allegedly began to cry and said his shoulder “really hurts,” the complaint stated. He was taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township, where a physician said Webb had a small bone fracture in his shoulder, caused from a previous gunshot wound. The doctor told police the fracture would heal and only required a sling. Webb was released from the hospital.
Webb was taken to the Washington County Correctional Facility on a Lawrence County probation violation bench warrant.
Webb was sentenced Sept. 20, 2012, to 18 months in Washington County's Intermediate Punishment Program after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He was charged by Donora police June 3, 2012. Terms of his probation were transferred to Lawrence County.
For Saturday's alleged incident, Webb is charged with two felony counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, and misdemeanor counts of flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, false identification to law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Webb faces a preliminary hearing 9 a.m. Sept. 8 before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi.
Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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