“I tried to run, but I realized I was too fat”


NEW KENSIGNTON, Penn. – He had warrants. So when an officer tried to pull him over on Wednesday, he panicked and fled.

But after eventually stopping his car and appearing to surrender, he ran a short distance before giving up, telling officers that he was “too fat” to get away.

Police say they attempted to stop Danial James Hilton Dopson, 31, of Cadogan, after seeing him speeding through Seventh Street and Stevenson Boulevard, Trib Live reported. 

He tried to get away, but the chase didn’t last long. (Libre Shot)


The criminal complaint said that Dopson had been caught traveling up to 49 mph on Seventh, where the speed limit is 25 mph, and up to 59 mph on Stevenson, where the speed limit is 35 mph.

According to New Kensington police Officer Jerry Hobeck, Dopson refused to stop and continued to drive through the area, including speeding through a gas station parking lot, avoiding stop signs and striking the center median twice. Hobeck suspected the suspect of being under the influence while attempting to flee.

Hobeck said that Dopson finally pulled his vehicle to a stop at the Seventh Street Sportsmen’s Club parking lot, then exited his car and began slowly walking away with his hands in his pockets.


Officer Hobeck exited his cruiser and drew his firearm and ordered Dopson to drop to the ground. Dopson eventually cooperated and surrendered to the New Kensington officer. But police say that as Hobeck approached him to try and take him into custody, Dopson jumped to his feet and began running.

The chase didn’t last very long.

Officer Hobeck was quickly able to grab Dopson just a few feet away. He took him into custody after a brief struggle, police said.

“I tried to run, but I realized I was too fat,” Dopson reportedly told the officer as he placed him under arrest.

The complaint noted that Dopson had an “overpowering odor of alcoholic beverage emanating off his breath and his speech was slow and slurred.” Officers found a crack pipe in his possession, police said.

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Additionally, a system check on Dopson’s license showed that it had been suspended due to a prior DUI charge. Dopson was also apparently wanted on other criminal warrants out of Westmoreland County, reports noted.

Officer Hobeck was brought to Allegheny Valley Hospital to be treated for non life-threatening injuries that he reportedly got while arresting Dopson in the parking lot. The officer reportedly suffered cuts and scrapes to his right arm, hand and knee, the criminal complaint noted. 

Authorities now say that Dopson faces charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, escape, driving under the influence, drug possession and traffic violations.

He was booked into Westmoreland County Prison, where he remains. Records showed that his bail was set at $50,000, which he did not pay, Trib Live said. 

Dopson’s preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place on September 26.


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