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Pa. Officer Injured in Crash Heading to Assist Trooper

June 17--ROCKWOOD, Pa. -- A Meyersdale borough police officer was injured early Friday when he crashed his police vehicle near Rockwood while responding to a call to provide backup support to a state trooper answering a domestic violence call.

Officer Dave Holler was injured at 1:18 a.m. at the intersection of Water Level Road and state Route 653.

Holler was treated at Somerset Hospital and released after being taken there by Rockwood ambulance. Rockwood volunteer firefighters also responded.

The 2009 Dodge Durango being driven by Holler sustained "moderate to severe" damage, according to Meyersdale Mayor Mike Brant.

Holler was responding to the Rockwood area to assist Trooper Patrick Hauser, who had responded to a residence in the 600 block of Somerset Avenue in Rockwood borough shortly before 1 a.m.

Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of James Thomas Somerville of Rockwood. Po-lice said Somerville allegedly threatened a woman by pointing a pump-action shotgun in the area of the victim. The victim apparently was not injured.

Brant said the borough's police department is comprised of two full-time officers -- including Holler, the officer in charge of the department -- and three part-time officers.

The crash is being investigated by state police at Somerset.

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