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Police use Taser on motorist angered by speeding ticket

Paul Peirce
| Thursday, April 26, 2012, 1:01 a.m.

A Greensburg man traveling 11 miles over the speed limit Friday in South Greensburg had to be subdued with a Taser after he became angered about getting a ticket, police said.

Jacob Colombin, 24, of 120 N. Lincoln Ave. is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

Colombin was subdued by Greensburg and South Greensburg police officers after fleeing a traffic stop on Highland Avenue about 10 p.m. Friday, police said.

Colombin is charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, escape, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, resisting arrest and simple assault by South Greensburg Patrolman Joseph C. Lewis.

Lewis pulled Colombin over for traveling 36 mph in a 25-mph zone, according to court documents.

Colombin became angry and told Lewis he didn't have his insurance card with him, but "If I did, you wouldn't get it," Lewis said.

After Lewis wrote the speeding ticket, Colombin signed the citation and returned the officer's pen.

"Why don't you go arrest a real (expletive) criminal?" Colombin allegedly told Lewis before throwing the officer's clipboard at him and speeding off without returning a copy of the citation.

Lewis chased Colombin through the borough and into Greensburg. As Colombin drove the wrong way on Euclid Avenue Extension, several Greensburg police units joined the pursuit.

When Colombin was blocked by several police cars, he attempted to flee by jumping on the hood of one of the vehicles, police said. One of the officers used a Taser gun to subdue him.

He was placed in a police car and then attempted to kick out the vehicle's back window, police said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled June 15 before Youngwood District Judge James Falcon.

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