CORRY, Pa. – Two Pennsylvania state troopers were airlifted to the hospital on Saturday after a suspect fleeing officers smashed into their police cruiser, CBS 2 Pittsburgh reported.
Troop E State Police in Pennsylvania confirmed via Twitter that two troopers had been injured in a wreck when they got involved with a police pursuit of a burglary suspect early Saturday morning.
Eerie County dispatchers confirmed that Corry police had responded to a call of a suspicious person inside the caller’s house around 3 a.m. Saturday.
When the officers responded, the suspect fled.
The photo of a police cruiser flipped on its roof shows the graphic imagery left behind by the crash. Officials say that Corry City Police officers were chasing the suspect. The state troopers provided assistance, but when the suspect’s car got to the intersection of North and West Smith Street in Corry, the suspect reportedly rammed into the troopers’ vehicle.
Pursuit ends in crash: Suspects in custody. State Police were assisting Corry City Police in a pursuit of burglary suspects when the suspect vehicle crashed into their patrol car at the intersection of North and West Smith Street in Corry. Troopers were flown to UPMC Hamot. pic.twitter.com/NSCzk3QDMQ
— TroopE (@PSPTroopEPIO) September 7, 2019
The two injured troopers were not identified, but after being airlifted to UPMC Hamot, sources say that they are in stable condition and are expected to make a full recovery.
The burglary suspect was taken into custody following the crash. The suspect has not yet been identified.
Troop E provided an update from the hospital, thanking everyone for their concern and prayers after the situation unfolded.
Update on Trooper status: Moderate injuries but stable condition. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Families asking for privacy with their loved ones. pic.twitter.com/MnCXtZr6bE
— TroopE (@PSPTroopEPIO) September 7, 2019
Another crash this week took the life of a prominent community figure and first responder.
The town of York, South Carolina is grieving after they learned that a deputy and lifelong public servant of the community was killed in a car accident while on his way into work, The Herald reported.
Authorities say that 77-year-old Charles “Doody” Dunlap was currently serving as the chief bailiff for the last 20 years at the Moss Justice Center courthouse after retiring from his role as a deputy with the York County Sheriff’s Office.
Charles “Doody” Dunlap, 77, who worked in law enforcement and the fire service for about 50 years, died in a two-vehicle crash on S.C 5 in York County Thursday morning. https://t.co/K3a27yirDZ
— WBTV News (@WBTV_News) September 5, 2019
According to the official report, Dunlap was on his way to the courthouse around 6:40 a.m. Thursday when he was involved in a two-car collision on S.C. 5. Investigators say that Dunlap was killed when a truck driving in the opposite direction crossed the center line and struck his vehicle head-on. Dunlap was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other driver was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
In his 77 years, Charles Dunlap served in law enforcement and in the fire department for approximately 50 years.
A true life of service.
York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said that Dunlap had started service with the sheriff’s office in 1973. He was among the first African American deputy in the York office. Tolson said that he proudly wore a badge for the rest of his life.
“When anyone talks about a public servant, Mr. Dunlap’s name was always at the top of the list,” Tolson said. ‘This is a man who spent his entire adult life serving the public any way that he could. His loss hurts not just those of us who knew him well, but anyone who ever met him at the courts. He was a friend to all.”
“You could always depend on him to be the best dressed man in the courtroom,” said Kevin Brackett, 16th Circuit Solicitor.
“Mr. Dunlap was a public servant and a great man,” Brackett said. “Mr. Dunlap was a beloved member of our courthouse family. You could always depend on him to be cheerful and helpful no matter how stressful the situation. He is more of a fixture than the witness stand and we are all in shock at this sudden and terrible loss.”
I’m very sad to report that the man killed in a two-car crash this morning on Hwy 5 in York County, is Charles Dunlap, 77. Dunlap was a long-time bailiff at the York County Courthouse. He was kind, dedicated, and got along with us media types. Deepest condolences to his family.
— Greg Suskin (@GSuskinWSOC9) September 5, 2019
“Charles “Doody” Dunlap his entire life to serving the people of York County, and the people of York County and here at the courthouse are poorer because of his tragic death.”
David Hamilton, the York County Clerk of Court, worked with Dunlap for the last 23 years.
“Mr, Dunlap was the epitome of a kind-hearted, dependable, servant of the public,” Hamilton said. “I could not have asked for a better person to work with. He was a true gentleman. A gentle giant.”
Rest in peace, Mr. Dunlap.