Clearfield County man accused of shooting at SUV on Route 22 at Indiana-Westmoreland border
State police arrested a Clearfield County man over the weekend and charged him with shooting at another vehicle along Route 22 near the Indiana-Westmoreland border, state police said.
Elijah N. Helmick, 23, of Osceola Mills, was arrested in connection with an incident at 5:39 p.m. on Saturday in the westward lanes of the freeway near the Harry Boring Road junction in West Wheatfield Township.
Soldiers said Helmick was taken into custody without incident and charged with grievous bodily harm, driving missiles into an occupied vehicle and possession of criminal instruments.
A Westmoreland County woman called Saturday to report that an unidentified person driving a white Volkswagen westbound had just fired a pistol at a 2015 Jeep Renegade she was in, state police spokesman said , Trooper Clifford Greenfield.
No injuries were reported.
“A few minutes later, Helmick also contacted Squad A in Indiana and reported that he had shot a vehicle and was now in the Power Plant Road area of Indiana County,” said Greenfield.
The soldiers located Helmick and the limousine he was driving. A single case on the back seat was confiscated, police said. A 9mm Ruger EC9 pistol in the vehicle was also confiscated.
State police said the jeep was manned by the caller, a 31-year-old woman. two men, also 31, and all from Derry and two girls aged 8 and 12 from Derry and Latrobe.
The soldiers found a single bullet hole in the rear door of the jeep on the driver’s side, just below the window. The bullet got stuck in the door but did not get into the passenger compartment, said Greenfield.
Police reportedly learned that the occupants of the two vehicles, previously unfamiliar to each other, had an encounter shortly before on Saturday as they drove west on Route 22 in Cambria County. That encounter, which is reported to have resulted in a potential traffic violation and having one or more bottles thrown from one vehicle to another, is still under investigation, Greenfield said.
Helmick was charged on Sunday and initially jailed for a $ 50,000 bond. According to online court records, he was released Monday after bailing out a bailiff.
According to online files, Helmick has no criminal record in Pennsylvania. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 21st.
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