Pa. Officer Cited For Running Stop Sign During Pursuit

A 17-year veteran with the State College Police Department was cited by a fellow officer nearly one month after he hit a car with his cruiser while he responded to a call.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- In a written statement, Chief Tom King said Sgt. William Muse admitted that he had activated his emergency lights, but not the sirens on his marked Chevrolet Tahoe, when he started to pursue a wrong way driver on East Foster Avenue around 1 a.m. on Sept. 2.

Police said Muse slowed down, but did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection of East Foster Avenue and Locust Lane, and t-boned the driver of a College Pizza delivery car.

The results of the investigation said the driver, Anna Cahn, was treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center and was released after the crash, and that she had the right of way at the time of the collision.

According to a copy of the traffic citation obtained by WJAC-TV, Muse is facing $110.50 in fines and fees.

Investigators said a data recorder inside the cruiser indicated that Muse was driving between 26 mph and 29 mph moments before impact.

Officials said an internal affairs investigation is still under way, and that appropriate action will be taken upon the outcome of the probe, but that the department will not offer comment since it is a personnel matter.

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