Trooper pinned under car during chase through Washington County

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. - A Pennsylvania state police trooper was hurt during a chase through Washington County early Thursday morning.

Channel 11’s Dave Bondy reported that Jay Harris was taken into custody after attempting to flee from police in North Franklin  Township and leading officers on a chase to Canton Township.

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Officers said they attempted to pull Harris over after he was seen driving erratically. Investigators said Harris took off and eventually crashed over an embankment.

Trooper Matthew Jardine said after Harris lost control of his car he still attempted to run from police, putting his car in reverse and injuring a responding trooper.

“The defendant threw the car in reverse and attempted to back over the trooper. He was partly successful and pinned the trooper under the vehicle,” Jardine said.

Jardine said the trooper was freed by fellow officers. He was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment and was later released.  

Neighbors who know Harris said they’re shocked by the allegations.

“He’s never been any problem. We never felt threatened by him. He walked every morning. Actually, we all do,” said neighbor Dan Mass.

Harris is facing several charges including fleeing eluding, resisting arrest and aggravated assault. Harris was released from police custody Thursday morning on his own recognizance. 

 The judge would not say why Harris was released, and so far there is no word on when Harris will be expected in court.