Man accused of jumping out of cruiser waives hearing

An Oil City man who led police on a chase in late May after jumping out of a cruiser waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.

Jonathan Amon, 28, was arrested by Oil City police May 29 following a domestic dispute on Wyllis Street and was charged with disorderly conduct.

On the way to the Venango County jail, Amon became agitated, tore his clothes, smeared fecal matter on himself and managed to smash a rear window out of a police cruiser, police said.

Amon, naked and handcuffed, then jumped out the window of the police cruiser and ran down Otter Street to 11th Street in Franklin, police said. Officers gave chase and were able to recapture Amon.

Charges were filed against Amon after the incident including a felony count of escape, misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, open lewdness and terroristic threats, as well as a count of criminal mischief.

Amon also waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday for the disorderly conduct case and a third case in which he was charged with terroristic threats with intent to terrorize.