Man facing charges for fleeing from deputy sheriff

From staff reports

A Franklin man is facing two felony charges for running away from a Venango County deputy sheriff who had ordered him to stop.

A criminal complaint filed Friday by the deputy sheriff said he was traveling on Route 322 on June 24 when he spotted Scotty Peterson, 31, near Crosby’s.

Peterson was wanted on a warrant of failing to appear in court for a pending felony charge, the complaint said.

After entering Crosby’s, the deputy spoke with Peterson’s girlfriend and was able to confirm Peterson’s identity, the complaint said.

After returning to his patrol unit from the store, the deputy told his partner they were going to apprehend Peterson, the complaint said.

As the officer approached Peterson’s vehicle, Peterson opened the passenger side front door, looked at the deputy and took off on foot, according to the complaint.

The deputy shouted at Peterson to stop running, but he disregarded the order, the complaint said. The deputy then told Peterson that if he didn’t stop, he would be tased, according to the complaint.

The deputy told Peterson to stop again, but he continued running, so the officer again told Peterson he was going to be tased, the complaint said.

The deputy eventually “drive stunned” Peterson twice, and Peterson fell to the ground, the complaint said.

When Peterson was on the ground, he denied his identity and told the deputy to stop tasing him, the complaint said. The deputy then arrested Peterson and took him into custody, according to the complaint.

Peterson was charged with felony counts of flight to avoid apprehension/trial/punishment and resisting arrest.

He was arraigned Friday, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled Sept. 7 in Venango County Central Court.


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