A Gulf War veteran must spend nearly a year in prison for an alcohol-fueled police chase during which he intentionally rammed a police cruiser three times.
Jack Pryor, 52, of 112 Oakleigh Drive in Springettsbury Township, was sentenced Wednesday to 11-1/2 to 23 months in county prison and a concurrent five years of intensive probation as part of the county's Veterans Court program.
On Oct. 4, a jury found him guilty of fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence and criminal mischief, according to court records. Jurors acquitted Pryor of aggravated assault on a police officer.
Pryor caused a police chase about 2 a.m. Sept. 25, 2011, when he refused to pull over for Springettsbury Township Police Officer Chad Moyer, according to court documents.
It started at the intersection of Mount Rose Avenue and Haines Road, police said. Pryor fled in his GMC K1500 pickup truck, going about 90 mph, documents state.
The chase: The truck ran a red light on East Prospect Road, struck several mailboxes and stopped just past Freysville Road, police said.
Pryor put the truck in reverse and slammed into Moyer's cruiser at a high rate of speed, police said -- even though Moyer saw it coming and backed up the cruiser in an attempt to avoid a collision, documents state.
Pryor took off again, heading eastbound on East Prospect Road and veering between lanes, police said.
He turned south onto Mount Pisgah Road, then stopped again, police said. Pryor again put his pickup truck in reverse and tried to ram Moyer's cruiser, documents state.
"After this attempt I believed that the driver of the vehicle was attempting to seriously injure this officer, and would do anything to avoid police apprehension," Moyer wrote in court documents.
Disabled: Pryor crashed into the cruiser again on Freysville Road just north of Red Lion, disabling both vehicles, police said.
Moyer arrested him at gunpoint and determined he wasn't hurt, police said.
"Pryor stated that he was a Gulf War veteran and based on his training ... knew that trying to ram me might disable my vehicle," Moyer wrote in court documents.
Seamus Dubbs, Pryor's defense attorney, said Pryor was trying to disable the cruiser's radiator and reverted to his military training to do that.
'Remorseful': "His actions were definitely intentional acts, but he wasn't trying to ... hurt Officer Moyer," Dubbs said. "He agrees Officer Moyer should never have been put through that ... (and) he's been remorseful the entire time."
Pryor is a veteran of the first Gulf War, according to Dubbs, and said presiding Common Pleas Judge John S. Kennedy wanted Pryor to receive the intensive level of probation supervision offered by the county's Veterans Court.
Dubbs praised Moyer, noting the officer never lost his cool. Police said he suffered minor injuries.
"He was very professional ... he did an excellent job," Dubbs said.
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