Police Pursuit Ends As Man Is Crushed To Death By Bulldozer

A Pennsylvania man was accidentally run over by a bulldozer as he attempted to hide from police.

Bernville, PA – A man who was accidentally killed by a bulldozer as he tried to hide from police may have been in the area to tend to an illegal marijuana grow operation.

The incident began at about 11 a.m. on Monday, when a Pennsylvania Game Commission maintenance employee was using the bulldozer to clear an area of thick, dense brush on a remote section of state game land and spotted a vehicle parked well off the roadway in a field, The Patriot-News reported.

The employee then stumbled upon the marijuana plants, WFMZ reported.

"The location itself is very remote, as far as traffic," Pennsylvania State Police Trooper David Beohm explained.

The employee called police, who arrived just as two men came walking out of the thick underbrush, The Patriot-News reported.

When the men spotted the officers, they immediately took off on foot, WHTM reported.

"They were back there doing whatever they have to do to their plants," Trooper Beohm told Lehigh Valley Live. "It was kind of carved out of the underbrush, which I've never seen underbrush that thick ever. It was crazy how thick it was."

Police apprehended one of the men, identified as 54-year-old David Light, but the second individual ran into the heavily wooded area.

In the hours that ensued, officers scoured the area on foot, while a state police helicopter searched from above, WPVI reported.

A Game Commission worker used the bulldozer to clear a path into the dense underbrush, while a trooper rode along to keep an eye out for the suspect, WFMZ reported.

The helicopter briefly located the man, but lost sight of him as they attempted to give the bulldozer operator directions to his last location, The Patriot-News reported.

"As they're blazing a trail through the brush, the trooper tells the operator to stop. They look behind the bulldozer and they saw the male that they were looking for was laying on the ground behind the bulldozer as they had already gone over that area," Trooper Boehm told WHTM. “I'm telling you, it's so thick up there, there's no way - there's no way you could see somebody laying there.”

The suspect, later identified as 51-year-old Gregory Longenecker, died at the scene.

His death was determined to be accidental, Lehigh Valley Live reported.

Berks County District Attorney John Adams said that his office will conduct a full investigation into the incident, according to WFMZ.

Police said that the marijuana plants were found in an enclosed chicken-wire fence. They also found pruning shears, water bottles, starter plants, liquid fertilizer, and a bucket of pruned marijuana leaves at the site.

Light’s wife, Beverly Light, said that the two men were best friends, and that her husband went to the remote area to pick Longenecker up, Lehigh Valley Live reported.

She denied allegations that her husband was responsible for the illegal marijuana grow.

“He’s an innocent man,” Beverly said.

But court documents showed that Light had admitted to police that he had gone to the location to prune the plants, according to court documents.

He has been charged with felony counts of conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to deliver and drug possession with intent to deliver, as well as the lesser offenses of possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug possession, and criminal trespass, Lehigh Valley Live reported.

He was released from jail on $25,000 unsecured bond, and is due back in court on July 18.

Comments (20)
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JBo
JBo

I guess "Collision Avoidance Alert" wasn't installed on the bulldozer.

BFalls01
BFalls01

Oops!

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Was he running flat out?

gfc1963
gfc1963

It will rub out, he'll be okay!

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

If smoking weed makes you so stunned that you can’t move out of the way of a goddamned bulldozer, then you can keep it. Seriously, those things are neither quiet nor fast...

Tom1
Tom1

I live in the area. They said in the paper it was only 10 plants. What a stupid thing to lose your life over. The way things are today, if they had just given up it would have been like getting a traffic ticket. Now one guy is dead and the the other will be charged excessively to punish him for his stupidity. When will people learn, running from the Police never turns out well.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Stupid use of taxpayer resources. Hopefully they still won't be doing garbage like this in ten years time.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - I know, it's terrible the police were enforcing the law....oh, wait, isn't that what they're suppose to do?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

They were prioritizing work and resources very poorly. Surely there must have been some unsolved burglaries in the area that the officers and the bulldozer driver could have been working on instead. They should have shown better judgement in deciding what laws to enforce and where.

Slamdunk101
Slamdunk101

@Burgers Allday How do you remember how to breath?

JBo
JBo

Burgers Allday

Ummm...Pennsylvania Game Commission maintenance employees don't investigate burglaries. Just FYI.

Etodd
Etodd

@Burgers Allday also, who knows how many burglaries WILL now STOP because this druggie is dead. 95% (or more) of burglaries are from druggies who just need money for their next fix (or a grow operation). put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@JBo: good then they could furlough the bulldozer driver and put that money toward a better cause (like state run mental hospitals)

LEO0301
LEO0301
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@JBo - I think that was his brother, Lowest Common Denominator, who was bragging about screwing with food when he worked in a fast food restaurant. Although, it wouldn't surprise me if fur burger did as well.

RunCop
RunCop

Squish!!!!!!!!!!

JBo
JBo

@LEO0301...you are absolutely correct. My bad and I've deleted the comment! Thanks!

Grog
Grog

Squashed like the bug he was!

Suggie
Suggie

“Innocent “the wife says. Then why did they run? Their car is there and they run on foot. Gee I think they would have been caught. All this effort for weed. duh.

Doc___
Doc___

Change your socks. Here's some Motrin.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Drugs are the root of most property crimes like theft, & especially burglary. Drugs are expensive, and drug users can't always afford them, as they usually end up unemployed after failing drug tests. And the addiction remains. Maybe the socialists should start handing out free drugs to keep those fools from breaking into my shit.