WAYNESBURG – A Mt. Morris man who led a police officer on a high speed chase, then attacked him and fled the scene in April of last year, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on reduced charges.
David Joseph Shekerko, 38, of 142 Hobbs Run Road, was initially charged by Lt. John Loughner of Southwest Regional police with aggravated assault, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, escape, terroristic threats, resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol.
He pleaded guilty this week to simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and resisting arrest and was sentenced to 5 to 10 months in jail followed by one year of probation. He also was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service and was fined $750. According to the complaint filed last year, Loughner was conducting routine traffic surveillance along Mt. Morris Road when Shekerko’s car passed him with an inoperable registration light. Loughner began pursuing the car on Route 19 toward the West Virginia border and but then he saw Shekerko accelerate toward him, narrowly missing the rear driver’s side of his patrol unit.
Loughner finally spotted the vehicle in the parking lot of the Huddle House Restaurant at the Mt. Morris truck stop. Two males exited the vehicle and when Loughner told Shekerko to place his hands on the hood of the patrol car Shekerko came at Loughner, swung and missed, and then grabbed and punched the officer.
Shekerko returned to his car at which time Loughner drew his weapon and told Shekerko to exit the vehicle but Shekerko drove toward Loughner, exited the parking lot and drove out of sight.
Shekerko’s passenger, Jacob Leon Woods of Texas, was arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
Shekerko was later identified from his driver’s license photo at the state police barracks in Waynesburg.