SUNBURY — A Shamokin man was sentenced Monday afternoon by Judge Hugh Jones to a minimum of 30 days and maximum of 12 months in Northumberland County Jail after being found guilty of resisting arrest following a routine traffic stop.

Patrick J. Henz, 37, of 907 E. Sunbury St., was arrested by Patrolman Justin Stelma, of the Mount Carmel Borough Police Department, on the night of Nov. 18 and charged with multiple counts, including aggravated assault and resisting arrest, for his part in an incident that occurred at Sixth and Lemon streets.

Police said they sought to stop Henz, whose car reportedly had an inoperable brake light. However, Henz failed to stop his vehicle, a gray Pontiac Grand Prix. Shortly afterward, he and an unidentified passenger abandoned the car in the 200 block of South Lemon Street, leading to a pursuit on foot by Stelma and assisting officer Patrolman Tyler Herbster, according to court documents.

A physical altercation between Henz and Stelma ensued when the defendant refused to comply with verbal commands to get down on the ground, police said. During the pursuit, Herbster sustained injuries and was subsequently transported to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital for medical evaluation.

During his sentencing, Henz was given a credit of 24 days by Jones for time previously served.

All other charges, including one felony count of aggravated assault and one misdemeanor count each of flight to avoid apprehension and loitering/prowling at night, were dropped.

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