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Police: State trooper narrowly avoids being run over by theft suspect's vehicle

Police: Man tried to run over officer

TRAPPE, Pa. - State police say a trooper narrowly avoided being run over by a theft suspect during a pursuit in Trappe Borough, Montgomery County.

It happened Friday in the 500 block of West Main Street after state police responded to a property theft. Police said their investigation led them to 21-year-old Geoffrey Gaines, who ignored commands from police to surrender and jumped into his vehicle.

According to police, Gaines then drove his vehicle directly at at a trooper who was on foot. Police said the trooper was able to avoid being struck.

Police said Gaines continued speeding until eventually crashing at West 7th Avenue and Betcher Road. He then tried to run away, but was nabbed by troopers, according to state police.

Gaines, of Schwenksville, is facing a laundry list of charges including aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, attempting to elude police, theft and receiving stolen property.

He is being held in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $75,000 bail.

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