Motorist tries to run over Pa. trooper

November 02, 1997


Staff Writer

A Chambersburg, Pa., man was arrested overnight Friday after he tried to run over a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, according to state police.

Trooper James Johnston, 25, was treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital after his left hand was struck by the subject's car as the subject fled, police said.

John Roger Bayless III, 41, of 72 Lincoln Way West, was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault, according to state police.


Bayless was being held in lieu of $23,000 bond in the Franklin County Prison on Saturday, police said.Johnston stopped Bayless in a 1985 white and red Ford Tempo on Pa. 316 at Five Forks in Quincy Township between 8:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. on Friday, police said.

Shortly before, Bayless had allegedly hit a 17-year-old girl in the face with a closed fist while the car was stopped along the highway and then he fled, police said.

When Johnston stopped Bayless, Bayless allegedly drove off with Johnston in pursuit, police said.

Bayless stopped the car a short distance later and Johnston parked his patrol car in front of the Ford, police said.

After Johnston got out of his car, Bayless allegedly backed the Ford away and then accelerated toward the officer, police said.

It was the first time in his two years as a state police officer that someone tried to run him over, Johnston said in a phone interview on Saturday.

He sidestepped the car and yanked his left foot away after feeling the tire hit it, Johnston said. He said his left hand was only bruised from the car hitting it as he stepped out of the way.

Johnston returned to his car and continued the pursuit, police said.

Shortly after, state police said Bayless lost control of the Ford and hit an embankment and guard rail. Bayless was not wearing his seat belt, police said.

Bayless was treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital, police said.

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