Prison for man who struck 4 Pa. troopers with car

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania man has been sentenced for hitting four state troopers with his Jeep during an undercover drug sting.

The Scranton Times-Tribune ( says 26-six year-old Joseph Klecha of Montrose was sentenced Wednesday to nine to 18 years in prison.

Klecha pleaded guilty in February to seven charges, including felony counts of aggravated assault and drug possession.

Authorities said he struck four troopers, a police cruiser and another car when authorities caught him selling heroin last August. It happened as investigators were trying to remove him from his Jeep in a parking lot in front of Applebee’s at the Viewmont Mall in Dickson City.

The troopers were all treated for various injuries and have recovered.

Before sentencing, Klecha apologized to the troopers.


Information from: The Times-Tribune,

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