October 25, 2013
– Clearfield County District Attorney, William
A. Shaw, Jr., announced the capture of a wanted fugitive.
Shaw identified the Fugitive as Damien Lee
Irvin, age 34, of Route 322, Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania.
Irvin was added to the Clearfield County
Fugitive of the Week list on October 21, 2013.
On September 3, 2013, Officer Josh Johnston
of the Sandy Township Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Irvin
with Contempt For Violation of Order or Agreement, M.
An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by
Officer Johnston states that on July 30, 2013, the Honorable Paul E. Cherry
issued a Final Protection From Abuse Order stating that Irvin was not to abuse,
stalk, harass, threaten, or attempt to use physical force that would reasonably
be expected to cause bodily injury to Plaintiff or any other protected person
in any place where they might be found. Irvin was also prohibited from having
any contact with the victim, either directly or indirectly. The Affidavit
further provides that the on August 5, 2013, the victim contacted the Sandy
Township Police regarding several violations of the Final Protection From Abuse
Order. Upon investigation, it was found that Irvin had contacted the victim
numerous times, and had been harassing her through the use of social media.
On September 24, 2013, Irvin failed to appear
for a hearing on a Petition for Indirect Criminal Contempt and a warrant was
issued for his arrest.
In a separate case, on October 14, 2013,
Officer Travis Goodman of the Sandy Township Police Department, filed a
Criminal Complaint charging Irvin with: 1) Fleeing or Attempting to Elude
Police Officer, F3; 2) Recklessly Endangering Another Person, M2, 2 Counts; 3)
Reckless Driving, S; 4) Careless Driving, S; 5) Stop Signs and Yield Signs, 5
Counts, S; 6) Driving on Right Side of Roadway, S; 7) Driving Vehicle at Safe
Speed, S; 8) Disorderly Conduct, S; 9) No Passing Zones, S; 10) Maximum Speed
Limits, S; and 11) Driving Without Lights to Avoid Identification, S.
An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by
Officer Goodman states that on October 14, 2013, the Sandy Township Police were
dispatched to the DuBois Nursing Home located on South 8th Street, Sandy
Township, for the report of a male damaging a vehicle. Upon investigation it
was found that Irvin driven his truck to the nursing home and slashed the tires
of the victim's vehicle, and had smashed the vehicle's windows, headlights, and
turn signals with an axe. Irvin then backed his truck into the victim's
vehicle, causing additional damage. The vehicle was found to be registered to
the victim who has an active Final Protection From Abuse Order filed against
Upon arrival at the scene, Officers observed
Irvin exiting the parking lot of the nursing home. Officers followed Irvin's
vehicle, and the vehicle increased its speed to approximately 70 m.p.h. while
traveling on South 8th Street. Officer Goodman activated his warning system,
audible siren, and overhead lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle, however
Irvin failed to stop his vehicle. Officers continued pursuing the vehicle as
the vehicle accelerated to speeds over 100 m.p.h. and traveled into Jefferson
County. Units from the DuBois City Police Department, Pennsylvania State
Police, and Punxsutawney Borough Police Department, assisted in attempting to
find the vehicle, however Irvin was not located. In total 22.08 miles had been
canvassed and covered in an attempt to locate Irvin.
An arrest warrant was issued for Irvin on
October 14, 2013. Irvin also had outstanding arrests warrants for two
additional cases alleging violations of the Final Protection From Abuse Order
entered by Judge Cherry.
Shaw stated that on October 21, 2013,
Officers from the Sandy Township Police Department and Troopers from the
Pennsylvania State Police, DuBois Barracks, apprehended Irvin at a residence in
Rathmel, Pennsylvania. Irvin was taken into custody, and is currently lodged in
the Clearfield County jail.
Shaw thanked the Sandy Township Police
Department and Pennsylvania State Police for their assistance with this case.