Man to take car-ramming case to trial

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SUNBURY — A 36-year-old Coal Township man accused of ramming his car into his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle twice, threatening her and adult probation officers and flooding a detention cell at Coal Township Police Station last year plans to fight the charges at trial next month.

During a status conference Thursday before Northumberland County Judge Paige Rosini, Aaron Bressi and county public defender Amy Stoak said they plan to seek a trial that is tentatively scheduled for the end of October with jury selection occurring Oct. 16.

Bressi is charged by Coal Township Patrolman Chris Lapotsky with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, institutional vandalism and harassment relating to incidents on Sept. 30, 2016.

Police said the defendant, who remains incarcerated in the Northumberland County Prison division at SCI-Coal Township, was involved in a disturbance at 2:30 p.m. with his ex-girlfriend, Kimberly Rickert, 30, of Excelsior, in the Anthra Plaza parking lot that included Bressi yelling at the victim.

A short time later, Lapotsky said Bressi intentionally rammed the front of his car into Rickert’s vehicle and kicked it while Rickert was inside the vehicle at Mount Royal Mart in Ranshaw. Bressi also is accused of ramming his auto into the side of Rickert’s vehicle and backing into it at Advance Auto Parts on Route 901 before exiting his car and physically hitting the vehicle again.

Police said Rickert was able to flee the area in her vehicle, which sustained extensive damage.

After being taken into custody at his residence on Pulaski Avenue, Lapotsky said Bressi made threatening remarks toward probation officers and Rickert, and intentionally flooded a detention cell by blocking the toilet.

Bressi recently filed a lawsuit against Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Northumberland County Assistant District Attorney Michael Toomey, former county public defender Peter Kay and former county commissioner Vinny Clausi, alleging they conspired to use their power to destroy his name and family. 

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