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Clearfield Man Charged With Risking Catastrophe After Attempting To Stop Train


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Police: Clearfield man charged with risking catastrophe after attempting to stop train

by WJAC staff

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CLEARFIELD, Pa (WJAC) — Clearfield Borough Police say a local man faces nearly a dozen charges, including risking catastrophe and reckless endangerment, after he reportedly attempted to prevent a train from passing through and then layed in the middle of the street and screamed when officers arrived.

Police say 41-year-old William Reasinger faces a slew of charges following the incident, which occurred during the early-morning hours of Oct. 9.

According to a criminal complaint, police engaged in multiple interactions with Reasinger in the hours leading up to the incident, including questioning him about his connection to a different police investigation and for public intoxication.

Investigators say around 5 a.m., on the morning of Oct. 9, police were dispatched to the intersection of Williams Street and Nichols Street, in Clearfield Borough, for a report of a man standing on the railroad tracks and attempting to prevent a train from passing by.

Police say when officers arrived on scene and attempted to arrest Reasinger, he rolled into the street and began screaming, shouting things like, "Help," "They're hurting me," "Somebody record this" and "I can't breathe!"

The complaint states that Reasinger's behavior "caused a lot of alarm and panic amongst residents."

Police say Reasigner continued to resist arrest and that officers from the Lawrence Township Police Department were eventually called in to assist.

Authorities note that the train being forced to come to a stop led to several roads and intersections throughout the area being blocked, causing numerous traffic delays.

Further investigation revealed that Reasinger had been loitering and prowling throughout the area prior to the incident.

Reasinger is currently being housed at the Clearfield County Prison, on $10,000 bail, court dockets show, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 21.

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