Man jailed after crashing into game commission vehicle
Timothy James Mott, 34, of Columbia Crossroads is facing 14 charges including four second degree felony aggravated assault charges after allegedly leading authorities on a high speed chase which culminated into Mott ramming a Pennsylvania Game Commission vehicle that was occupied by two wildlife officers.
According to police, Mott was noticed by a state police aircraft while he used a spotlight illegally from his vehicle in the area of Sawyer Road in Springfield Township. State police relayed this information to wildlife conservation officers at approximately 2:30 a.m., who responded to the scene immediately.
Police said the wildlife officers were involved in "Operation Talon," a initiative aimed at thwarting poaching in Bradford County. Aircraft from state police were also involved in this operation.
When the officers spotted Mott traveling on Sawyer Road in his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, they attempted to initiate a traffic stop at which time Mott sped away at a high rate of speed, police said.
After reaching speeds of approximately 75 mph, the wildlife officers decided to discontinue the pursuit out of concern for both Mott's safety and their own, police said.
At this time, the state police aircraft that was following the pursuit informed the wildlife officers that Mott had begun to travel back toward them.
When the officers on the ground spotted Mott, they again initiated their lights and sirens at which time Mott drove his truck into the game commission's vehicle.
Police said Mott was placed into custody after the accident without incident.
State police ground units arrived on scene and found three loaded rifles inside the truck with a spotlight near them, police said.
Mott was also driving without a valid inspection sticker, police said.
Mott faced arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox on the day of his arrest and was remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $200,000 bail.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place before Judge Wilcox on Nov. 6.
According to public court dockets located on the Pennsylvania Judicial System's online portal, Mott pled guilty to a summary illegal spotlighting charge in 2010.
Tim Zyla can be reached at (570) 265-1634; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.