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Felony theft charges land Union County man in jail

HUGHESVILLE — After crashing a car he stole from the parking lot of the T.J. Market at 49 N. Railroad St., Daniel Culp attempted to get into a moving vehicle as he was fleeing from a state trooper, investigators alleged in court papers.

As Culp was attempting to force his way into the back seat of a moving 2009 Honda CRV near Spartan Street just before 11 Sunday morning, the driver of the SUV managed speed away before he could get in it, state police said.

Unsuccessful in getting into the vehicle, Culp, 32, of Millmont, Union County, continued running from Trooper Robert Jacobs until he encountered another man, police said. Culp was arrested after the two men “engaged in an altercation,” a trooper wrote in an affidavit.

Investigators allege Culp stole Patrick Kimble’s 2006 Ford Focus about 9:10 a.m. Sunday from the parking lot moments after Kimble went into T.J. Market to get coffee. Police said Kimble left the car running while he slipped inside the grocery store. Police were alerted after he saw another man driving his car out of the lot.

About 90 minutes later, Jacobs, while on patrol in the borough, spotted the Focus on Spartan Street with a man driving it. The driver, later identified as Culp, fled with the vehicle, which he abandoned after driving it into backyard.

Once in custody, Culp was arraigned before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on several felony charges, including attempted robbery of a vehicle, theft, receiving stolen property and fleeing police. He also was charged with driving under the influence, recklessly endangering and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail.