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Pennsylvania Fugitive Found in West Virginia

Dakarai Petty, a nineteen year old fugitive out of Pennsylvania, was finally caught in Kanawha County, West Virginia and put in jail. He is waiting for extradition to Pennsylvania.

Petty was eighteen when he was caught speeding by police and was ultimately charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment of another person, and careless driving in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The police filed a summons against Petty, who is originally from West Virginia, because Petty allegedly hit a bicycle when he got into an argument with another teenager.

Petty was apparently involved in a verbal argument with the teenager and his father in the parking lot of Weis Market on East High Street. The incident occurred after 4 PM on November 23, 2013. After the argument, Petty got into his car and drove at a high speed into the teenager’s bicycle. The teenager had jumped off the bicycle just in time to avoid getting hit, so he was not hurt in the collision.

The bicycle then got stuck under Petty’s car and was still there as Petty continued to speed down West High Street and then North Hanover Street. He was seen driving too quickly with the bike up under the car, and he was pulled over in the 100 block of West High Street according to police.

The District Attorney, David Freed, noted that the charges would have been much more serious if the other teenager had actually been hurt in the collision, and that Petty’s charges were typical of an incident where an injury did not occur. Had Petty hit the teenager, he would likely have been charged with aggravated assault.

Petty evidently ignored his summons in Pennsylvania and returned home to West Virginia, where he successfully evaded arrest until May 3, over five months after the incident occurred. He will return to Pennsylvania to face his charges.