Theft, chase suspect arrested wearing ‘bad decisions' T-shirt

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BADEN, Pa. —

A police officer was thrown to the ground Tuesday night as a man tried to get away in a stolen truck in Beaver County, according to authorities.

Police said they were called to a Sheetz in Baden on a report of retail theft. They said the suspect drove off, prompting a chase that lasted about 15 minutes.


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Surveillance video shows an officer getting caught up in the window of the truck as the driver, Michael Emrick, pulled away from the gas station, causing the officer to be thrown to the ground.

Chief David Christner said the officer was not seriously hurt, but it could have been much worse.

The chase ended when Emrick crashed into a shed in Frank Roppos’ back yard.

“I was just going down to sleep and then I heard a big boom and looked out and saw it,” Roppos said.

Emrick, who was wearing a T-shirt with the words “Really good at making really bad decisions,” was arrested and found with suspected heroin needles and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Police charged Emrick with a number of charges, including retail theft and aggravated assault.