Amwell man charged with escape after running from trooper
An Amwell Township man, already facing charges for assaulting a woman at his home in February, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of escape and resisting arrest after he ran from a trooper after his preliminary hearing the previous day.Dustin Corneles Vandyken, 36, of 265 Waynesburg Road, was at the office of District Judge Ethan Ward in Buffalo Township on March 28 for a hearing on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. He was arrested by state police after he allegedly choked a woman to the point where she could not breathe during a Feb. 22 confrontation at his home. He also reportedly pressed his forearm against her neck and slammed her head against a wall.Vandyken was ordered held for court on those charges by Ward. Following the hearing, Trooper Kurtis Jacoby was escorting Vandyken from the courtroom to his patrol vehicle that was parked at the back of the building. Vandyken was handcuffed using a leather transport belt. Vandyken sat down in the back passenger seat and started to complain of leg pain.Police said Vandyken asked to stretch his leg, complaining he had an issue with an artery that causes his leg to occasionally cramp. Vandyken stood up and then ran, police said. The trooper chased him, taking him into custody after Vandyken ran about 25 yards. Both men fell to the ground as Vandyken reportedly continued to struggle. An ambulance was called so Vandyken could be checked before he was returned to Washington County Jail.Vandyken, who is also wanted on a warrant in Michigan, remains in jail on $75,000 bond. He faces an April 25 preliminary hearing before Ward on the escape charge and a formal arraignment on the assault charges on June 29.