Man’s assault charge waived to court

CLEARFIELD — A Philips­burg man who allegedly fled from police shortly after an assault waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednes­day in Clearfield County Court.

On July 10, state police said Michael Allan Parkes, 54, violated a protection-from-abuse order by having contact with the victim at a Morris Township residence.

During his visit to her home, he allegedly grabbed her by the throat and threatened to kill her before dragging her outside.

She was able to break away and call police while Parkes fled the scene.

Less than an hour later, another state trooper spotted Parkes outside his vehicle on Empire Road in Morris Township. Knowing Parkes was wanted for the PFA violation, the trooper attempted to make contact with him.

Parkes got into his vehicle and fled toward Route 53 with the trooper following with his lights and sirens activated. Parkes reportedly failed to stop.

Another trooper used his vehicle to block the road, but Parkes who was traveling at a high rate of speed, came close to striking it before he continued to flee on Route 322, police said.

The original trooper following Parkes struck the side of the vehicle near the back tire causing Parkesá vehicle to crash. Parkes reportedly had to be Tased before he could be taken into custody.

He is charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude police, DUI, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, flight to avoid apprehension and traffic summaries in one case and simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment for the original assault. Aggravated assault charges in the chase case were withdrawn.

Parkes remains in the county jail in lieu of $35,000 total bail.