Saturday, January 1, 2011

Charges filed in Philly against man who allegedly rammed Upper Darby cop car

By Linda Reilly, Daily Times

Prosecution of the man accused of allegedly ramming a police cruiser multiple times along seven city blocks will be handled by Philadelphia police.

James Moore, 43, of the 300 block of Winton Street, Philadelphia, was taken into custody after sustaining a bullet wound to the hand from two Upper Darby officers defending their lives.

The officers, Criminal Investigators William Sminkey and Brad Ross, had arrested William Chestnut, 32, of the 300 block of Winton Street for two violations of protection-from-abuse orders and were transporting him back to Upper Darby approximately 6 p.m. Dec. 30.

“Moore, Chestnut’s neighbor, stood in front of the police car demanding to know where they were taking (Chestnut),” police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. “They identified themselves and left. Moore, in a red pickup truck with his pit bull in the front seat, followed and started ramming the police vehicle for seven blocks along Jackson Street. The guy had to be out of his mind.”

According to Chitwood, the police were calling 911 for assistance until they reached Broad and Oregon, when their car was rammed again and spun around.

“They had to jump out the passenger side and as he came at them again,” Chitwood said. “They fired about 10 shots and struck Moore in the left hand. Unfortunately, the dog was shot and killed.”

According to Chitwood, Philadelphia police will handle the attack against the officers and the shooting.

Chestnut, handcuffed and seated in the back seat, was not injured during the harrowing ride and attack on the vehicle and remains in custody.

Moore, who was treated and released from Jefferson Hospital for the bullet wound to the hand, is facing charges of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, simple assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats and possessing instruments of crime.

Ross and Sminkey were treated for neck and back injuries at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and released.



  1. Jimmy will get out of this one,his daddy knows people and has alot of money

  2. Jimmy will get out of this one,his daddy knows people and has alot of money


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