POTTSTOWN PA – A 47-year-old driver whose vehicle had been stopped with an expired registration was arrested Thursday (April 12, 2018) at about 10 a.m. by Pottstown police, after they said he “became aggressive” and got involved in a physical confrontation with an officer. The officer, who was not identified by the department, was taken to Pottstown Hospital for evaluation of minor injuries.
Charged in the incident was Percy Allen of Norristown, who is in custody and faces 24 criminal counts – seven of them felonies – related to assaulting a police officer, weapons violations, and possession of controlled substances, according to court docket sheets.
The department’s report stated its officer stopped Allen’s vehicle on Evans Street between Walnut and Beech streets. Allen got out of his car, it added, and refused the officer’s order to return to it. When the officer approached Allen, Allen allegedly began “striking” at him. Other officers helped take Allen into custody; he reportedly refused medical treatment.
At the time of his arrest, police said they found Allen in possession of “a semi-automatic handgun, (a) suspected controlled substance, and cash.” They also determined he was wanted by the City of Philadelphia on an active warrant.
Allen was arraigned Thursday afternoon before Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr., and was jailed at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA after he failed to post $500,000 cash bail, docket sheets indicate.
He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 26 in Kropp’s courtroom.
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