Brookville Man Accused of Fleeing Police While DUI Faces Hearing on Thursday

BROOKVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A Brookville man is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing this week on charges related to an incident in which he allegedly fled police.

According to court documents, 45-year-old Richard W. Murray, of Brookville, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, in front of Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak.

He faces the following charges:

  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer, Felony 3
  • DUI: General Impairment/Incapable of Driving Safely – 2nd Offense, Misdemeanor
  • Failure to Keep Right, Summary

Details of the DUI case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 2:35 p.m. on Friday, December 21, Officer Turnbull of the Brookville Borough Police Department was requested to respond to a school for an individual who may have been operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Officer Turnbull entered into the school on Jenks Street in Brookville and saw a red pickup truck with the driver sitting inside.

According to the complaint, the driver turned, looked at Officer Turnbull, then secured his seatbelt and put the vehicle into drive. The complaint notes that Officer Turnbull did not see anyone else in the vehicle, which he found unusual as the vehicle was in the pick-up/drop-off zone at the school.

Officer Turnbull proceeded to follow the vehicle onto Jenks Street after noticing the vehicle slowed and used its turn signal but did not fully stop as it was exiting the school.

According to the complaint, while driving down Jenks Street, Officer Turnbull observed the truck crossing the double lines twice. Officer Turnbull then activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle.

Officer Turnbull continued behind the vehicle, with his lights and siren activated, as it turned onto Marlin Street, then onto Pine Street and onto Rose Street, then onto West Main Street, Thompson Street, and Henderson Street. The vehicle finally stopped on South Main Street.

After the vehicle stopped, Officer Turnbull attempted to conduct a high-risk stop, giving commands to the male driver of the vehicle. According to the complaint, the driver, later identified as Richard Murray, raised his hands but refused to turn away.

Chief Vince Markle then arrived at the scene, and both officers began to approach Murray. The complaint notes that Murray resisted being handcuffed and attempted to push off of the pickup truck. After he was handcuffed, he was patted down for weapons, and a knife found on his person was secured.

According to the complaint, a portable breath test (PBT) administered to Murray showed a positive reading of .287% BAC. Murray was then transported to Penn Highlands Brookville for a legal blood draw.

Based on the investigation, Murray was arraigned at 6:17 p.m. on Friday, December 21.

Unable to post 10% of $40,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

He was released after posting a 10% cash surety bond on Thursday, December 27.

Court documents indicate Murray will also be facing charges at the January 10th hearing stemming from an incident where he allegedly arrived to pick up children at a Brookville elementary school while nearly three times over the legal limit.


Hearing Scheduled for Man Accused of Attempting to Pick Up Children from School While Nearly Three Times Over Legal Limit

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