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Alleged hit-run driver now facing felony attempted homicide

Behind bars since his arrest on May 11 when he allegedly struck another man intentionally with his 2011 Chevrolet Cruze on Pinecrest Drive in Eldred Township, Gregory Emerick was arraigned Wednesday morning at the Lycoming County Prison on additional felony charges of attempted homicide and accidents involving death or personal injury stemming from the hit-run crash, according to state police.

The new charges are a direct result of evidence that came to light when troopers reviewed video recorded by a camera mounted on the dashboard of Emerick’s car, according to an affidavit filed this week at the office of District Judge Gary Whiteman.

Emerick, 38, of 170 Pinecrest Drive, lot 6, was initially charged with aggravated and simple assault, aggravated assault by vehicle and recklessly endangering for allegedly striking Jeremie Dunham. He has since waived his preliminary hearing on these charges.

Police alleged Emerick fled the scene, but he was soon apprehended and arraigned hours later before District Judge William Solomon, who committed him to jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. Police also seized his vehicle and obtained a search warrant to process it.

“Following the incident, it was determined that Emerick’s vehicle was outfitted with a forward-facing dash camera that recorded” the entire episode, a trooper said in an affidavit. “In the footage, it was clear that Emerick accelerated his vehicle and turned purposefully toward Dunham, intentionally striking him at a rate of speed in which serious injury was immanent,” according to the court document.

On the night of the hit-run, police initially reported that the pedestrian suffered injuries to his left arm, hand, right knee and right foot. However, in the revised affidavit, police reported that Dunham suffered “multiple serious injuries, including a broken back and a broken knee.”

Following his arraignment on the additional felonies, Emerick remained incarcerated now on no bail, Whiteman said.

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