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Man facing charges after allegedly pushing officer into heavy traffic

A Penn Hills man faces charges after he allegedly pushed an Altoona police officer into heavy traffic, court documents stated.

Devaughn Anthony Taylor, 30, was arraigned Wednesday evening by Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner on three felony counts of aggravated assault in relation to an altercation Wednesday afternoon.

Police said Taylor allegedly shoved the officer into traffic after the officer attempted to help Taylor cross the road on the 1600 block of 10th Avenue.

Taylor was allegedly standing with one foot on the roadway and his arm extended out when an officer turned his emergency lights on, exiting the vehicle to help Taylor cross traffic.

The police report said Taylor started to walk away from the police cruiser when he saw the emergency lights, and he allegedly told police he was waiting for the bus and did not need any help.

While walking alongside the officer, Taylor is accused of lowering his shoulder and ramming the officer onto the roadway. Police stated traffic was heavy at the time of the incident.

As he was being detained, Taylor allegedly resisted arrest and kicked an officer in the knee.

The criminal docket stated Taylor also faces charges of recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and resisting arrest.

Taylor was remanded to Blair County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

He is to appear before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones Sept. 22 for a preliminary hearing.

Mirror Staff Writer Calem Illig is at 814-946-7535.

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