Suspect flees, assaults two Pa. troopers following traffic stop
Scott Lauderbaugh provided troopers with a fake name and date of birth during a traffic stop
ERIE, Pa. — A North East man faces two felony charges of aggravated assault after he allegedly fled state troopers during a traffic stop and later assaulted them as he was being taken into custody.
According to an affidavit, state troopers observed Scott J. Lauderbaugh, 34, of 83 S. Pearl St., driving a Mitsubishi Mirage on Sunday morning eastbound on state Route 20. They learned he was driving on a suspended license after running his license plate number.
Lauderbaugh provided troopers with a fake name and date of birth during a traffic stop near the Brickyard Road intersection. Lauderbaugh put his vehicle into gear and sped away, exceeding speeds of 100 mph at times.
He stopped again on Clinton Street and ran behind a home. One of the troopers made two unsuccessful attempts to use his Taser on Lauderbaugh. The trooper tried to place Lauderbaugh into custody after both tripped on a piece of fencing. Lauderbaugh knocked the trooper's Taser from his hand, grabbed at the trooper's duty belt, which caused a firearm magazine to fall to the ground, and removed the trooper's lapel microphone that is used to communicate with fellow officers and dispatchers.
Lauderbaugh fought with a second trooper who responded to the scene. The troopers used pepper spray to subdue Lauderbaugh and place him in handcuffs.
In addition to the two felony counts of aggravated assault, Lauderbaugh faces misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and fleeing a police officer, and a summary charge of driving on a suspended license from a previous drunken driving arrest. He will go before District Judge Scott Hammer for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 14.
Lauderbaugh is being held at the Erie County Prison.
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