Parole Absconder Said He'd Rather Be in Jail

A man who tried to hide from area police officers because he said he’d rather be in jail than the state parole program he was in, got his wish. For now, anyway.

55-year-old John Crocker got into an argument with his daughter at about 6:30 last night on Seaward Avenue near 6V Sales and Service. Police were called to the scene, but by the time they got there Crocker had gotten out of the car and was running toward the wood line near Route 219, according to court papers.

Bradford City Assistant Police Chief Mike Ward had officers from Bradford, Foster and Bradford townships set up a perimeter, while others searched the wooded area, which is about 50 yards by 100 yards. About half an hour after the original call, Bradford Township Police Officer Jeff Shade found Crocker lying on the ground trying to hide, and took him into custody.

Police say he was slurring his speech and smelled strongly of alcohol when he told them he absconded from parole because he couldn’t stand the program he was in, and would rather be in jail.

Court papers say the argument between Crocker and his daughter started when she told him she was going to take him back to Erie so he could turn himself in.

In 2012, in Potter County, he was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison on drug charges. The last case in McKean County was in 2010, when he was sentenced to 2 years and 4 months to 5 years in prison, also on drug charges.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 11.

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