New Kensington Police Officer injured while taking suspect into custody


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New Kensington, Pa. – A Cadogan man faces multiple charges after committing multiple traffic violations and then resisting arrest that resulted in a New Kensington Police Officer sustaining injuries while taking the man into custody.

According to the Police Criminal Complaint dated September 11, 2019, Danial James Hilton Dopson, age 32 of Cadogan failed to obey traffic signs with speeds reaching up to 60 mph on local streets in New Kensington.

Police say after the suspect stopped his vehicle, he then began walking away from the vehicle reaching into his pockets. The officer pulled his service weapon and ordered Dopson to get on the ground. Dopson refused to get on the ground while keeping a hand in his right pocket. Subsequently, Dopson did get on the ground in a semi push-up position and was ordered by police to get on his stomach and complied. While attempting to cuff the suspect, Dopson sprung up and attempted to flee. Dopson was brought to the ground but continued to refuse to comply. Dopson finally complied by placing his hands behind his back after being advised that he was about to be tased.

Police said an overpowering odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath and his speech was slow and slurred.

A glass crack pipe was located in his right pants pocket containing Chore Boy. Dopson admitted to having a warrant for his arrest and that’s why he was attempting to flee police custody. The police officer sustained numerous deep abrasions to the right forearm as well as scraps to the right hand and knee. The officer was treated at AVH ER.

Dopson Charges: F2 Aggravated Assault 09/11/2019, M2 Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, M2 Escape, M DUI: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely – 2nd Off, M Use/Poss Of Drug Paraphernalia, S Driving Lic Sus/Rev Purs to Sec 3802/1547B1, S Driving at Safe Speed, S Duties At Stop Sign and S Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle.

A Preliminary Hearing is scheduled on 10/17/2019 @ 1:45 pm Magisterial District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.

Incident Date: 9-11-2019