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Man charged in car-ramming

July 28, 1998|By DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police charged a Lansdale, Pa., man with two counts each of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person after a tractor-trailer rammed a car four times on Interstate 81 Sunday afternoon.

The report said Thomas Covert, 34, was arraigned before District Justice Gary L. Carter and released on an unsecured bond of $20,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20 before District Justice Shirley Shatzer.

The police affidavit of probable cause said the incident occurred between mile posts 6 and 7 on the northbound lanes in Antrim Township, Pa., and was called in at 1:14 p.m.

The report said Covert's tractor-trailer pulled in front of a Buick Regal in the left lane. The car, driven by David N. Rebele, 37, of Hagerstown, passed Covert in the right lane and then pulled in front of the truck, according to the report.

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The affidavit alleged the truck hit the rear of the car four times, causing it to go into the right lane and back into the left lane. The report said the right front fender of the truck struck the driver's side of the car.

The car and the truck both went into the median, according to the report. Covert and Rebele then drove north a short distance and parked along the east side of the highway, police said.

The report did not indicate that Rebele and his passenger, Devonne Bowers, 6, of Hagerstown, were injured. Chambersburg Hospital had no record of them being treated there.

According to police, Covert also had a passenger, 7-year-old Sean Covert of Lansdale, Pa.

Conviction on an aggravated assault charge, which is a first-degree felony, carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Conviction on reckless endangerment, a second-degree misdemeanor, leads to a maximum penalty of two years in prison.

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