Harrison Police arrest Tarentum man after false claims of severe injury from fall

Harrison Township, Pa. – A full-scale search was initiated about noon time Thursday after a Tarentum man allegedly claims he was over a hillside and severely injured from a fall.

Law Enforcement Sgt. Brian Turack arrests David Thimmons after allegedly making a false injury call to 911.


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More than a busy hectic day for Harrison Township Police officers and assisting departments as multiple EMS calls, a road-rage incident call and a call for a man over a hillside behind the Trinity United Methodist Church taxes first responders in their efforts to locate an injured bleeding man.

The incident began about noon when police responded to Pleasant Road in Tarentum after being notified a man was missing and bleeding with a severe leg injury along power lines and a transformer in the wooded area behind Trinity Methodist Church. Fire department first responders from Tarentum, Harrison and an ATV unit from New Kensington were dispatched to the scene.

Police units from Harrison, Fawn and Tarentum searched the area of Pleasant Road from one end to the other with negative results on the lower end of the wooded area.

Sgt. Brian Turack from Harrison Township Police Department told AKVNEWS.COM the initial call to 911 came from a female reporting the incident. Allegheny County 911 then returned the call to the injured person, later identified as David Thimmons, age 49 of Tarentum. Sgt. Turack said 911 was on the phone with Thimmons for approximately 8 minutes while Thimmons described his injuries, approximate location and clothing description to authorities.

David Thimmons walks from woods after putting first responders at risk in search detail.


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The search area shifted from Pleasant Road to the parking lot adjacent to the church while police made several requests and inquiries for a police or news helicopter to search the wooded area. While at this location for approximately 30-45 minutes, Thimmons exited the wooded area near a fenced-in garbage bin and walked towards first responders and 8 patrol units. Thimmons was not injured and was detained by police after Thimmons claimed he had done nothing wrong.

Harrison Police continued their investigations over the phone and subsequently searched Thimmons vehicle which had been parked at the edge of the parking lot next to the hillside. While the investigation continued, 3-4 police officers from Brackenridge, Tarentum, and Harrison strolled towards the fenced-in structure looking for any possible evidence. Within a few minutes of the search, radio reports indicated police had found a cell phone on a tree branch, later identified as Thimmons cell phone. The phone was processed into evidence at the scene.

Thimmons was immediately placed in handcuffs and took a seat in the Harrison Township’s police unit for transport back to Harrison Township’s holding cell. Sgt. Turack said Thimmons would be charged with 1 count of False Alarm to agents of Public Safety, one Felony 3 count of criminal mischief, 1 count of false representation to Law Enforcement Authorities, 1 count of Fabricating evidence, 2 counts of Obstructing Emergency Services, and 1 count of Public Drunkenness.


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