PATTON BOROUGH, CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Cambria County man is facing charges after allegedly strangling and beating a woman and then dragging an officer with his car while trying to flee from arrest.
According to the complaint, 37-year-old Michael T. Lacey already had a warrant for his arrest when police were sent to Miners Hospital for a domestic assault that happened in Patton Borough on Oct. 10, 2020.
Upon arrival, police say that Lacey’s girlfriend had facial bruising, redness and marks on her face and jaw, and marks on her lower back. While talking to the woman, they determined she was in high danger. She told police that an argument started between the two in the morning of Oct. 10 at the Keystone truck stops in Portage over her being friends with another person who had Lacey arrested in the past for domestic incidents.
When arriving back to his house that she says she moved out of days prior, Lacey allegedly punched her in the side of the face when they walked in the main door. According to the complaint, he grabbed her by the throat and lifted her off the ground for 3 seconds before placing his forearm in her chest and throat while asking “What did I tell you about not having that —- around my kids?!”
She tells police he then slammed her head against a wall when she started scratching at his eyes to get him to let go. She also told police that Lacey was using a drug called “waka” which is a combination of meth and heroin, making users violent and paranoid.
On Oct. 13, the officer observed Lacey pulling into his driveway on Cedar Avenue. He reports that Lacey refused to obey commands to show his hands when approached. The officer then opened the passenger door and again asked to see his hands. The officer says that’s when Lacey put the car in reverse and when he tried to intervene, Lacey put the car in reverse and dragged the officer 10-15 feet.
Once stopped, the officer regained his footing and noticed a small child in the backseat of the car. At that point, he reports that he backed away to his cruiser to attempt to give chase but was not able to locate Lacey and his car.
Lacey has since been arrested and faces charges such as aggravated assault, strangulation, recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of children, flight to avoid apprehension, and other related charges. His preliminary arraignment was Friday morning, Nov. 20.