Knox Township, PA – The fugitive who allegedly assaulted a state trooper in late April, ran away and left his two children behind, and then was found after a massive search is going to stand trial for his actions.
35-year-old Dale Shaffer of Olanta had been pulled over in Knox Township on April 30.
Police say Shaffer was tasered when he started to run away, but he got back up and allegedly assaulted the state trooper, putting the him into a headlock and almost making the trooper pass out. Shaffer reportedly tried taking the state trooper’s gun but was unable to.
He eventually ran into the woods, leaving his 2-year-old and 3-year-old child behind in the SUV.
Along with the children, police found Shaffer’s driver’s license, drugs, and a semi-automatic pistol in the vehicle.
The first trooper was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a mild concussion. Other police officers continued the search for Shaffer and were eventually able to get him to come back to the scene, but only by guaranteeing cigarettes and beer.
Shaffer is facing felony charges for aggravated assault and disarming a law enforcement officer. He also faces misdemeanor charges for endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.
All of Shaffer’s charges were held to the county court after his preliminary hearing, but no trial date has been set yet.
Shaffer remains in the Clearfield County Jail on $150,000 bail, not just because of the severity of the charges but also because he is known to have skipped out on his court dates before.
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