Man injects self with heroin as trooper tries to arrest him

  • By Kathie Warco August 28, 2014

A Washington man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly injected himself with suspected heroin as a state trooper tried to take him into custody.

Joseph E. Gorby, 26, of 619 Best Ave., locked the door to his vehicle as he saw the trooper approach and then unlocked it when he was done with the injection, police said.

Trooper Frank Lewis pulled into the parking lot of GetGo, 104 E. Wylie Ave., about 3:40 p.m. and noticed a car sitting in reverse with a broken rear window.

Lewis walked up to the vehicle and saw a syringe in Gorby’s left hand. The trooper ordered Gorby out of the vehicle, but he refused and instead continued to inject the suspected heroin in his right arm. The trooper tried to open the passenger door, but it was locked.

Lewis moved to the driver’s door. Once Gorby finished injecting himself, he reportedly dropped the needle to the passenger side floorboard, unlocked the door and complied with Lewis’ orders to get out of the vehicle. Packets of heroin were neatly laid on the passenger seat of the vehicle, police said.

Gorby was arraigned before District Judge Mark Wilson on charges of possession of heroin and paraphernalia, driving under the influence of heroin and disorderly conduct. He was placed in Washington County jail on $5,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 12 before District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.


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