2-County Police Chase Suspect Dies, Officer In Critical Condition

JACKSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A police officer was injured during a police chase that spanned two counties late Monday evening. The suspect died as a result of injuries sustained during a foot chase Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, Thomas Booth, 22, of Volant, was in his car in a church parking lot  on Blackburn Road in Sewickley Heights. An officer approached around 10:24 p.m. suspecting Booth was driving under the influence.

Booth failed to comply with the officer and fled from the scene.

The high-speed chase spanned 20 miles, and crossed into Butler County with speeds in excess of 100 mph on Interstate 79.

Police in Jackson Township deployed spike strips on I-79 near mile marker 83. With the tires deflated, the vehicular chase ended near mile marker 84.8.

Booth then tried to flee on foot by jumping from an overpass. He fell 22 feet onto Tollgate Road, where he was taken into custody.

“After the stop, the subject got out of the car. He jumped over the jersey barrier to flee on foot, which he apparently didn’t know it was a 22-foot drop. He fell down. An officer from cranberry township also ran on foot after him, jumped over the jersey barrier and fell 22 feet also,” Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bradley Christie

Booth was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where he later died.

Cranberry Police Lt. Dan Hahn, 47,  was flown to Allegheny General Hospital. He underwent surgery for neck and back injuries and is listed in critical condition.

Hahn is a 21-year veteran of the Cranberry Township police department.

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One Comment

  1. Daniel says:

    This was for a possible DUI. Get the plate number from the car and discontinue the chase when speeds reach this level. DUI is serious but there is more danger from a drunk being pursued at these speeds than calling off the chase. No need to risk the life of the officers or the general public here. Call off the chase and show up at the address listed on the registration and arrest for eluding. If that had happened then the officer nor the suspect would not be injured. Chases like this should be reserved for serious felonies involving life and death situations only.

    1. Dave says:

      Good points.

    2. you are a joke says:

      you are a dope

    3. Brian says:

      Maybe they should have asked if he had committed a felony before chasing him. What if they found a body in his trunk……You never know why someone runs from the police. Yet, the police get all the blame. All HE HAD TO DO WAS STOP.

    4. HK says:

      good theory BUT when the drunk proceeds to hit and kill an innocent person you would probably be the first one yelling that the polce should have stopped him.

    5. lawfollower says:

      Thomas W. Booth, 22, Volant, was charged at 10 p.m. Thursday with harassment, driving under suspension and driving without a license at 2001 Leesburg-Grove City Road, Springfield Township, police said. Booth used a cell phone to hit a 19-year-old Grove City woman and then shoved her into the snow, police said.

      This was the week before this happened . . . so I COMPLETELY disagree with you. This WAS a dangerous person who could have killed someone in YOUR family, and then how would you feel if they stopped chasing him???

      1. krysta says:

        key words… COULD HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but he didnt and u no nothing of what happened about that harrasment charge do u?!?! NO! things got a lil out of hand completely admitted but he never beat me up nor hit me!! dont say things u dont no the truth about… just because the paper said so! he was not DANGEROUS, if he was i wouldnt have had a child with him… what to endanger her life?

      2. Adam B. says:

        He was not a dangerous person! i worked with him and his father and they are both good kind men. Yes he made some bad decisions, Who hasn’t in their life? I’m not blaming the police because they were doing their jobs and now one of them is fighting for his life, and Tommy was scared, and when you’re scared you make rash sometimes wrong decisions but this tragedy could have been easily avoided, either by the police discontinuing the chase, Tommy not running to begin with, or even if the stop sticks were thrown 100 feet before or after that overpass. but it happened and now a little girl is without a father, a mother and father are without a son, and a sister is without a brother. and Krysta my heart goes out to you as well. i never met you but Tommy talked about you at work and I’m truly sorry… we will all miss him and we will miss the way him and his dad argue on the roof because that was always entertaining… All we can do now is remember the Tommy we all had the pleasure to know and pray that God takes care of him

    6. Justpullover says:

      Daniel, I understand your reaction, stating that the police should have simply allowed him to drive away due to the fact that the offense was not serious enough to justify a pursuit, but unfortunately as well intentioned as you are, your logic is flawed. The problem with this policy to police pursuits is that once the general public is aware that the police will not pursue for DUI and similar offenses, people simply will not stop for the police. It’s been tried by other well intentioned people across the country. It just doesn’t work.
      This is a very sad situation. The young man should not have passed so young, but he is the only person responsible for his own demise.

    7. Georgie says:

      I agree, was it necessary for a young man to lose his life and an office to be
      hurt. No sometimes I really don’t think the police use their heads its all about the braggin right that he made the arrest

      1. Jeff says:

        Yea well all get excited when you put our lives on the line for idiots like this kid. You watch to much TV Georgie.

  2. Meg says:

    Thomas Booth has since passed away. I feel for his family.
    I also feel for the officer that was injured.

    1. tuff says:

      A high price to pay for for lack of respect for the law

      1. bob says:

        the idiot got what he deserved saved the tax payers some money

    2. Kris says:

      Interesting, this comment is 3 hours old and yet no media outlets have reported this information.

      Yes, a very high price to pay for fleeing the law.

      Prayers go out to the officer and his family.

    3. anon says:

      he is actually still fighting. so if you could please remove this comment.

      1. kristy says:

        well, did the criminal die or not????? ho hum.

      2. AnOn says:

        Actually it was reported at 7:02 that he died. On this website.. :/ And it’s SUSPECT (not CRIMINAL) for a reason, I don’t recall reading that he was charged and convicted of anything.

      3. kristy says:

        whatever. he died.

  3. Tom says:

    Why did the cop also jump off the bridge? Any bridge over another road is going to be at least 13 feet high, plus the ‘wall’ adds at least 2 more feet. Hopefully they recover.

  4. Tips says:

    sounds like the cop was a bruce willis fan.

  5. mdutko says:

    Didn’t the cop’s mother ever ask him, “If everybody else jumps off a bridge will you jump too?”

    1. mdtukohater says:

      Shut up you waste of space welfare trash. Our tax payer dollars probably bought you this computer and you have the audacity to talk trash on a public servant that get up every day to protect you from criminals and probably yourself. Go get a job and stop sitting around all day making comments about things you don’t have the bravery to do. Your screen name should be IDIOT.

  6. Police Supporter says:

    While I agree that the chase should have been discontinued, the police did not get anyone killed. If anyone is at fault for causing injury it is the criminal who was fleeing the police, putting his own life and officers lives in danger. It is the criminal’s fault he was injured/killed. It was also his fault that the officer was injured. It is hard for a lay person to understand the emotion involved in pursuing a criminal.

    1. CommonSense says:

      Can’t have it both ways. Just like the cop didn’t force the suspect to flee, the suspect didnt’ force the cop to jump from a bridge. It’s not hard for a lay person to know not to jump off a bridge.

    2. Daniel says:

      I agree that the fault rests with the person being chased. But as professionals the chase should have been discontinued before this happened UNLESS the plate came back that this person was a wanted felon for a serious felony or the police witnessed a crime that was a serious felony. This is a perfect example of why we need more police helicopters in this area. Chase from the air. The public and the officers would be much safer. Hopefully the officer will recover. All I am saying is that rules need to be in place to protect the public as well as the police in situations like this.

  7. the truth says:

    Are you people serious? This guy was a criminal plain and simple yes it was a suspected DUI but the guy could have been wanted for murder, who knows. People wouldn’t have said it was just a DUI if the guy ran over a kid or caused another accident. This is the problem with people today…try using that thing that is sticking out of your neck…

    1. jamie. says:

      this kid actually graduated from the same school i did and was living in the same area i live in, he was not a criminal, he was a suspect and he was deff. not wanted for murder. don’t be saying stuff that you don’t know the facts about.

  8. Scott says:

    How do you know that he wasn’t a violent criminal with a gun in the car? While I wasn’t there the article says he did not comply with the officer then fled the scene. To me that means he didn’t even get out of the car and just left. None of the officers nor us had any knowledge as to why he is running, perhaps he had just killed someone. It is easy to judge after the fact what should have been done, at the moment noone knew why he was running so the chase was very justified.

    1. kayla says:

      The police knew why he was running considering they THOUGHT he was drunk.

      1. In Disbelief says:

        AGAIN….how many drunks do they apprehend??? how many run? It is outrageous for you to assume police officers knew why he ran…you certainly don’t. Stop degrading this tragedy by spouting non-sense. It is not a tribute to your friend. It simply makes you sound absurd and grasping at straws. tragedy yes. Not everyone DUI suspect approached starts a chase and runs when caught. Usually it means much more is at stake…that’s what police officers KNOW my dear.

  9. kristy says:

    quit blaming the cops and put it where it belongs – with the criminal! geesh!

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  10. Ken Y says:

    I agree with Kristy, quit talking about the police as the bad guys. they are doing there job.

    1. Laurel Mt says:

      The police have no way of knowing what the guy was up to. They would have to consider many things…did the guy commit a serious crime, did he have a kidnapped child in the car, is it an escaped convict? Some of the comments are just plain rude. In response to mdutko: It’s obvious that YOUR mother didn’t teach you much. As a close friend of the injured officer, I’m sure his wife & children don’t appreciate the mindless, inconsiderate comments. If it were one of your family members trying to do their job would you say the same thing? It’s generally a good rule to think first before saying things.

  11. FHT says:

    We should thank god we have men and women like this officer out in the field. He was trying to take a bad guy off the street to make us safer. Yes high speed chases. police have to deal with everyday. We all hope they make the right choice to keep going or to stop. Some people say to stop the chase it may cause people to get hurt or killed. But if the police do stop the chase and the driver goes up the road and hurt or kills someone. That is the choice a police officer must make. The chase was at night and when the car was stopped and the bad guy started to run the officer went after him for both fell 22 feet both make a bad choice. Thats a life of a police officer A thankless job but thank god someone does it. Thank to you all that put on the uniform to serve and protect.

    1. kristy says:

      i agree completely. it’s funny how the cops are vilified and the criminals are glorified. this country’s in a really sad state.

      1. Megan says:

        It’s sad that people like you make this world a sad state with your disgusting comments

  12. For Real People says:

    For all your people bashing saying the police are at fault and should have ended the chase, you are the same people who would have started a war when the police did back off and later on down the road the drunk driver, they just let go, crashes and kills people. Until you do the job and know what its like, don’t talk down on these officers decisions.

  13. kristy says:

    oh, but the “bad guys” are ALWAYS misuderstood and are SUCH good boys.

  14. Al says:

    I feel sorry for both families. They both have to go through something awful.
    And Kristy what if Tom was your brother, Boyfriend or even just a friend would you like ppl saying the things you have said. No you would not.
    And that goes for the officer involved also. If either was a family member or a friend it would hurt to hear them get bashed on here. My heart goes out to both families.

    1. kristy says:

      al – how would YOU have felt if this drunk killed YOUR brother, girlfriend, or even just a friend? the organizations, MADD and SADD, exist because of people like this guy.

      1. Megan says:

        Kristy- How would YOU feel if your son or someone close to you had died and people like YOU posted outrageous comments such as, “Whatever, he died. Ho hum.” You are inappropriate and a terrible person to say such things about someone you CLEARLY DID NOT KNOW. Please just save your time and worry about things that you know the facts about. If his sister saw the comments that you’ve made I cannot even imagine how much worse you’d make her feel. You don’t know his family and you sure as hell did not know him. Go home

      2. Al says:

        I totally agree Megan. He was a nice kid and his baby is so cute. But it is a shame she will grow up with out knowing her father.

      3. kristy says:

        well, megan, i had a cousin, who was a child, KILLED by a drunk driver, so, NO, i feel absolutely NO sympathy for people like this guy (or his family) who RIP peoples’ lives apart and TEAR apart a family due to reckless and irrresponsible choices and behavior. SHAME on you for coming to his defense when he made the CHOICE to do what he did..

      4. BOb says:

        MADD and SADD are both jokes. Go take a look at what % of the charity handed to them actually goes to CHARITY. They have a payroll in the millions. What started as a heart broken mother trying to do good has turned into another money grubbing scam. Don’t give a dime to MADD

      5. kayla says:

        Have some respect that “DRUNK” is now gone. Regardless of what he did he is a human being.

      6. kayla says:

        Kristy- You are a disgrace! Seriously. You are not the only person in the world who has lost a person due to drunk driving. Many of us have, but I sure would never say the disgusting things you are. Yes it hurts, but just as we hurt when we lost someone so do the families of drunk drivers who suffer losses. How could any DECENT human being say they feel no compassion for a child who has lost their father. I can’t even begin to describe the disgust I feel when reading your posts. I hope God helps you in some way with your hate as I hope he helps me with my disgust for you.

    2. In Disbelief says:

      I suppose it’s bashing someone to state that they FLED the police, caused a high speed chase and that their OWN actions had horrible consequences for not only them but for a PROTECTOR of our community. He didn’t fall from a church pew over that barrier…get a grip!!!

  15. Kathleen says:

    Hot pursuits at 100 miles an hour I’m surprised more people were ‘not killed or injured
    Outlaw this type of theatrics., it doesn’t add to anyone’s safety.

  16. Dave says:

    Yeah cops should never chase suspects. (sarcasm) If criminals know that police won’t pursue they will always run. The officers who pursue many times do not know why a suspect runs, just that he is running. Many factors are considered while pursuing such as time of day, amount of traffic, speed, etc.. Everyone can judge but until you are the officer or the victim of a crime praying for justice you will never truly understand. These officer risked their lives to stop someone who was a threat to others and the thanks they get is to be Monday morning quarterbacked. I’d love to see the public criticize what you guys do for a living.

  17. Bugsy says:

    DUI =$$$$

  18. JiM says:

    Actually he was a good guy, going trhough a a hard time. The police should call off these chases unless its a known killer or something. This was a good kid.

    1. yep says:

      if he was a good kid, then why did he run?

      1. kristy says:

        yea, the “misunderstood good kid” bs. they’re all little angels, huh?

    2. yep says:

      also you say he was going through a touch time? so his tough time has had a span has lasted since 2007 since he has had prior offenses? get real bro

      1. kristen wall says:

        yes it did, and it was alchol!!! No other offenses. We the friends of thomas know what he did was wrong, and that he could have hurt more people. But nobody will ever know what was going through his head. Hasn’t anyone ever had a rough time in there life. We are beyond grief .And on top of burying are best friend we have to worry about media,and people like this trashing his name. Let him rest in peace and don’t bash someone you have never met!!Can you imagine what his mother is going through? and to the people that have had family or friends die from drunk drivers we also feel for you.Let it go please!!

  19. Sparky4160 says:

    I don’t get it, people leave intoxicated after sporting events here in the “Burgh”
    I have witnessed drunken driving at its best but yet no police to follow these individuals to their point of destination, the guy was in a church parking lot, as it was mentioned above by “Daniel” call the chase off after getting plate numbers

    1. hoth says:

      You wouldn’t be saying that if they took the plate number, he drove out of the parking lot and hit your daughter. Correct?

  20. hunky says:

    I think that’s great. One less moron. Hahahaha! Good that he won’t be driving drunk anymore.

    1. kristen wall says:

      your parents should be ashamed of you. I’m a close friend of tommy he was with me last nite before this all happened, he was not a criminal he had never been in trouble before, and he also has a 9mth old daughter that will grow up without a father. Cant you people just find something else to do today. we also feel bad for the police officer if they would have ran the plates they would have known he wasnt a violent criminal.Just had a lot going on in his life and didnt know how to handle things. While you people are tryin tomplace blame my husband will be carring a casket.

      1. kristy says:

        he shouldn’t have been drinking and driving, kristen. a drunk killed my young cousin. he’s alive and she’s dead.

      2. kristy says:

        who cares if he was a career criminal?! when he fled the scene, he was putting his ilfe, along with the lives of others, in jeopardy! he was pulled over, and he decided to run! he’s entirely at fault.

    2. Megan says:

      You sound like the moron. Hunky, is that your real name? Hahahaha! Get your facts straight and don’t comment on people that now don’t have a voice. Maybe people such as yourself with your vile comments should be the ones in the ground. Keep adding to the hate because God knows this world is so much better with heartless and uninformed people in it!

  21. Danielle says:

    we witnessed this event last night on our way back to college from the mall. booth flew past us at high speeds with at least 8 cops after him. we saw the cop jump over the barrier, and we didnt even realize we were on a bridge, so there would have been no way the cop would have known not to jump.

    1. Terry says:

      > , so there would have been no way the cop would have known
      Actually there are jersey barriers on the bridges, and guide rails elsewhere. But in the moment of chasing someone I could definitely see where that is forgotten. Hopefully the cop comes out okay.

  22. CJ says:

    The death of a child is never a good thing… My prayers go to both families 😥

  23. Reverend Jim Ignatowski says:

    I suggest we take all the billions invested in courts, DUI crackdowns, A-R-D programs, police training, rehabilitation programs, property damage, fines, and jails and invest it in safe, affordable, convenient taxi service. All that money is being spent on the wrong end of this problem which is after lives are destroyed. It is nearly impossible to get a cab in this city. Its disgraceful really. Events like this can absolutely be avoided.

    1. kayla says:

      I completely agree! Obviously it is wrong to drink and drive, but it is legal to drink. If there were a cab service in this area I believe it WOULD make a difference.

  24. Christine says:

    Kristy, You seem pretty heartless…You should also keep in mind NOT all cops are honest….maybe you should read up on the wonderful Officer Scarpine that now has a federal suit coming his way!!!

    1. kristy says:

      who cares? the guy shouldn’t have been drinking and driving. sounds sensible to me.

      1. Christine says:

        You really need help…..I don’t know this kid from adam but he is accused of drinking and driving and not convicted..the news just said appeared to be! You are sticking up for all cops well NOT all cops are honest ask Officer Scarpine! You better watch yourself because it could happen to you too!!!

      2. Brad says:

        Then If he was innocent why run ? If he was simply accused and bot guilty why run at 100mph and then get out on foot? Sorry ur wrong.


        seriousle your a worthless piece of work!!!!! y dont u come tell our daughter that her father deserved to die! ur discusting, pittiful, low lifed, incsensitive, ignorent, and i could go on for ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you didnt no him so keep ur mouth shut u slob!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just as any normal person… ya i feel for ur cousin… not u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have no sorrow for u what so ever! i hope u plan on spending ur days in hell after ur dead cuz god doesnt want anyone who wishes death apon any of his children! i didnt even believe in god until tom walked into my life and he woulnt intentionally hurt anyone! ur horrid!!!!!!!!!!!! no one deseves to die! and as far as him beating me up… NO things got a lil out of hand, thats it! u werent there so u dont no what happened so SHUT UP ABOUT MY DAUGHTERS DAD!!!!!!!!!!!! u obviously dont have idea any of the pain any of us r feeling wrather he was drunk or not… hes gone! u of all ppl so it sounds should no how it feels to hurt over a loss! then again u have no heart!!!! have no sypothy for him or his family… GO TO HELL WE DONT WANT IT ANYWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we new who he was and the good person he was ,who yes had some problems like we all do and made a mistake! he didnt kill anyone but himself so stop with the what ifs b/c he didnt!!!!!!!!!! and as far as the cop getting hurt… everyone knows the risks of being a police officer so ast like he didnt have a choice… b/c he did! im not saying that any of this deserved to happen by no means and not a single person said it was ok what tom did b/c it wasnt! i no that, his mom knows, everyone does!!!!!!!!! and ill have u no… i believe god chose him! he has takin toms life to give 5 i repeat 5 lives already so go on and say what u want about the lives heCOULD HAVE taken BUT DIDNT and THE 5 PEOPLES LIVES HE HAS SAVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the most beautiful, intelligent, happy little girl he has also givin life to!!!!! 1 person got hurt… yes its sad and horrible that it happend but he NEVER DESERVED TO DIE AS NOONE DOES!!!!!!!!!!!!
        UR TRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! like i said come here an say that to my daughter u ungreatful piece of junk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      4. Al says:

        To the Mother of the child. I am sorry for your and the family”s loss. My heart goes out to all of you. Please give Tom’s family my deepest sympathy.

  25. Brian says:

    Again, get a grasp on reality. The criminal (not suspect) fled from the police. They didn’t know why. Maybe he just killed someone. Maybe he was going to kill someone. Any way you look at it, the CRIMINAL should have just pulled over. End of story. Instead of criticizing the brave officers, maybe you should just say “Thank You for the service you provide”. The police didn’t endanger any lives, your poor criminal did. God Bless the injured Officer.

    1. Tyler says:

      Brian I completely agree with you! Why is everyone so against the police? They followed proper protocol. The suspect should have pulled over. end of story.

    2. Devil's Advocate says:

      Just as you argue the police don’t know if the suspect just killed someone you can argue the opposite. How do we know the cop didnt have some vendetta against the suspect? Maybe the cop knew the suspect was a troublemaker so he stuck his revolver in his mouth and told him I’ll give you a 5 second running head start? Maybe the cop was drunk? Now, I don’t believe these things are likely, but they are not impossible. I myself believe 99% of cops are good cops. I believe Lt Hahn is a good cop, but please dont assume this is a closed case until the investigation is complete.

  26. sam says:

    It seems that there’s alot of info left out of the story. But from what I can tell the church on blackburn rd in sewickley heights in question is out of Ohio Twp PDs jurisdiction (BY ALOT) and the idea of tracking the Lic plate # or radioing ahead was a good idea. But we’ll see what comes of this whole story.

  27. Walt says:

    He made the call to run .He died …His choice..So Be it. I do not know where you other idiots where raised. But I was schooled when a Officer turns on the light, or tells you to stop …You stop period.

    God be with the Officer Thank You for your Service Sir

    1. kristy says:

      you’re 100% correct. drunk or not – he shouldn’t have fled the scene. he – not the cops – sealed his own fate.

  28. kristy says:

    may none of you ever have a loved one’s life cut short due to a drunk driver.

    1. Wait says:

      I thought the drunk driver had his life cut short?

      1. kristy says:

        yep, it was cut short. and your point is????

  29. kristy says:

    let me add to that: even if he wasn’t drunk, he was still driving recklessly and speeding, trying to flee the police, which also could’ve had tragic results for innocent people.

  30. TAMMIE says:

    OMG get a clue! The police were doing their JOB. You would be the FIRST person to complain if they DIDN’T chase him but he hit you or your family and injured and/or killed them!!! STOP BLAMING THE POLICE for the actions of OTHERS who DON’T ABIDE BY THE LAWS!

  31. Alexander says:

    Im sure kristy is completely free from sin.
    to err is human. to forgive is devine

    1. Megan says:

      Completely agreed Alexander

      1. kristy says:

        when it comes to traffic violations, i’ve never received so much as a parking ticket and have NEVER driven recklessly and/or while drunk so as cause injury or death to others. some of us ARE responsible people, contrary to what you think.

      2. 2 cents says:

        Kristy missed the point. Im sure Kristy you’ve made a mistake in your life, cheated the rules, or displayed poor judgement. What if that action, though unintentional, resulted in death or injury? By your own rationale you deserve to be dead. Im sure you would want a chance to argue your case first. Nobody is fully innocent. Nobody is fully guilty. Justice is determined somewhere in the middle. We have elected impartial judges and juries to decide punishment. Perhaps you should run for magistrate, or prosecutor, but its unlikely you would be successful in such endeavors.

  32. Katie says:

    I’m sorry to inform some of you but Mr. Booth has been in trouble before you can go to this public court website http://ujsportal.pacourts.us or view this link below http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/MDJReport.aspx?district=MDJ-50-1-01&docketNumber=MJ-50101-CR-0000025-2007

    1. Megan says:

      So just because someone gets in trouble means he should be dead in the ground? You all are so misguided

      1. katie says:

        Incorrect. Don’t say someone has never been in trouble before when they have.

    2. CLV227 says:

      Are you serious…who does things like this? Katie…GET A LIFE!

  33. The Truth says:

    Kristy you want everyone’s sympathy for your loss due to a drunk driver, however you show no sympathy towards the family and friends who just lost someone dear to them. Words can be just as painful as actions, and YOU (since you like CAPS) are a perfect example of a misguided soul. You know nothing of the situation other than what you read on print. You’re misguided, and ignorant to the information so you should just shut your mouth and apologize for adding salt to a family’s wound

    1. kristy says:

      here are all of the “facts” that i need: guy driving erratically, possibly drunk. guy flees police, driving at a high rate of speed, when ordered to stop, risking injury or death to innocent people. guy flees on foot. guy dies. whether or not he was drunk doesn’t matter.

      1. Roscow says:

        how do you know that police werent shooting at the guy? Not likely, but possible. Maybe his accelerator was stuck? You dont know. Please wait to pass judgement until ALL the facts are in. Not the ones that please your agenda.

  34. Betty says:

    Good point Alexander. There are no shades of gray. Just Kristy and everyone else. God Bless these 2 men.

  35. Christine says:

    It seems like Katie and Kristy and from the same “perfect” family!! To go so far as to look up a dead persons criminal record is pretty sick!!!

    1. katie says:

      Just making sure everyone “knows the facts” and is no longer “uninformed” like Megan was throwing out judgement that people say things before they know. Now everyone knows. Im not arguing , Im just stating the facts. Thank you.

    2. kristy says:

      why shouldn’t she look up his criminal record? you’re making him out to be the victim in this and not the perpetrator. no, i don’t come from a “perfect” family, but i sure as hell wouldn’t condone/justify the behavior of any of my relatives if they did what booth did.

      1. kayla says:

        Kristy – I haven’t seen a person condone what he has done. I believe they are saying have some compassion for a dead man who has left behind family members who knew him (unlike you, or me for that matter) as well as loved him. You are getting off on the fact that he is dead and it is disturbing. He made a mistake, which we all do. Some are more serious than others, but we ALL make them. In my opinion your cold heart is a crime. I think you are trying to get revenge for your loss by all of the ignorant comments you have made.

  36. Bugsy says:

    Thanks Truth. You said it better than ANYONE. Cops love chases mop.

  37. blamethecriminalsnotcops says:

    so once again, the criminals (or those who act like criminals by fleeing police) are never at fault, but the cops are… some people’s logic amazes me.

    and as far as “knowing the whole story” or “all the facts”… the cops tried to pull him over, he fled at a high rate of speed, and now he’s dead. those are all the facts i need to know and anything else is just making excuses for his actions. he CHOSE to flee and he is the only one resonsible for the results.

    i hope this cop has a speedy recovery.

  38. chris says:

    For all you people out there who think that police work is easy then you are sadly mistaken. As for what happened last night, yet it was tramatic that some one had to lose their life but sit back and think about it. If he would have stopped then noone would have been injured and he would still be alive. CPL. Hahn didn’t start the pursuit. Cpl. Hahn was helping out another jurisdiction. That what police officers do HELP. IT is there job every day to put their life on the line for you. CPl. GHahn was just doing his job. If you think it is easy then get your ass to the police academy, go through the tough training, and get that badge placed on your chest and go out there and put your life on the line. Until you do that, stop critizing what the police do or should have done. It is easy to forget that you are safe because these men and women are out there making sure you are safe. Get well soon CPL.Hahn

  39. Diane says:

    I would like to speak to the character of this officer who has been injured serving and protecting his and neighboring communities. 13 years ago, Dan Hahn became a very “special” person to me when he saved my father’s life. My father was 10 feet down in a ditch making a water line tap when he suffered a cardiac arrest. His co-worker climbed out of the ditch and radioed back to their base that my father was in trouble and needed medical attention. Dan Hahn happened to be traveling home from Cranberry Township through Zelienople (off-duty) when he heard this call over his police radio. Instead of continuing on his way home, Dan decided to go to the scene to see if he could be of some help. Dan was the first person to arrive on the scene. He pulled my father out of that ditch and began to perform CPR until the “volunteer” EMS personel arrived on the scene. My father was transported to a local hospital and then Life Flighted to Pittsburgh. Not only did my father survive that cardiac arrest, but he lived for 13 years after. We were later informed by the EMS personel on that case that my father’s case was very unusual. In their experience at that time, my father was the only person who had suffered a cardiac arrest and lived. Because of Dan Hahn, my father lived. Dan gave a new meaning to Thanksgiving that year and for the years to follow.
    I wish you a full and speedy recovery, my friend, my HERO. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  40. getalife says:

    get the license # and show up later at the house. get real. what if the person doesn’t go home? or better yet since the person knows the cops are after him he kills himself, how loud are you going to scream then??? or how about if the person has moved and never sent in a change of address, what are the cops going to do then huh?? or last but not least how about the person just ignores the cops as he knows the cops will quit chaseing him, what then???

  41. kristy says:

    again – would any of you be so forgiving of this guy had someone whom you know been injured or killed by his irresponsible behavior. uh, don’t think so. it’s easy to find someone not accountable for their actions when it doesn’t affect you directly, but hey, that’s america , where there’s always an excuse for bad behavior or someone or something else to blame it on. he made the decision to do what he did, and unfortunately, he paid the ultimate price. luckily no one else had to pay with their life as well.

    1. kayla says:

      Kristy- You have no clue the tragedies I have been through in life!!! Yet I forgive or I will turn as UGLY as you. My father was killed by a drunk driver 5 days after my 7th birthday. My nephew had his head beaten against a wall at the age of 13 months. People I know have been injured by criminals, but am I as hateful as you? No. Where would that get me? Maybe you should start educating our youth to not make the same mistakes (once again something we all make) instead of bashing the deceased that have made them. I unlike you have sympathy for these families (the deceased’s and the cop’s). I know what that little girl is going to go through not having her daddy around throughout her life. For you to say you don’t feel for his family, which includes that little girl is so hateful, appaling, and trifling.

  42. Christine says:

    I am sure that CPL Hahn is a great officer but not all cops are like him…they are plenty of crocked ones like officer Scarpine that is still on the force! He lies under oath and makes up storied for personal vendettas and cops like him make it hard for people to trust and respect all officers and cops like officer Scarpine put a bad light on police which is a shame that a few crocked cops can tarnish the many good ones!

    1. Diane says:

      Please read the comment that I posted. It will tell you everything you need to know about Dan Hahn. He has probably suffered career ending injuries because he was out there, just as he has been every day, protecting his communities from harm. I don’t know who officer Scarpine is, nor do I understand his relevance in this conversation. Our lives will be negatively impacted because Dan Hahn will not be “on the job.”

  43. Terry says:

    Why was Booth flown to Presby? Maybe if driving he could have gotten there faster

    1. Terry says:

      Isnt AGH the Level 1 Trauma facility

  44. kristy says:

    wow. read booth’s police record. such a “stand-up” kind of guy. gimme a break.

  45. GETALIFE says:



  46. jesus kristy says:

    wow. So if your not a “stand-up” guy you deserve to be dead? gimme a break.

  47. kristy says:

    wow. I’ve managed to take this tragedy and make it all about ME

    1. Conrad says:

      To all of you:


      The officer and the deceased are both someone’s son. Two families are in shock tonight, and they don’t need heartless comments to make them even more upset. I don’t care how bad my son might have been, if he died, part of me would die with him. This is a terrible thing for anyone to go through, and Thank God that the officer is still alive. You all need to get a job or get a life and stop bashing people you don’t even know. I too had a relative killed by a drunk driver, but when it was over, I didn’t run around like crazy blaming people, I moved on with my life. I’m not perfect, I’ve had two speeding tickets. What we cannot, CANNOT tolerate, is people like you all adding to the pain of two families who are already in enough pain.

      You all may say that you are better people than the deceased, but by coming on here and trashing families, YOU’VE ALL JUST SHOWN THE WORLD HOW PITIFUL YOU REALLY ARE.

      1. Al says:

        I could not agree more Conrad. Both of these families are dealing with heart ache. I feel for Tom’s mother and family, to loose a child is awful. I doesn’t matter what he did he was still a person.
        I also feel for the officer’s wife and family. Right, wrong or indifferent they are still people and have families that love them no matter what.!

  48. patty says:

    tom was a good kid .he was going through a rough period. i knew him .it brakes my heart . that he lost his life. he had a stupid moment .and now his daughter has no father and people will grieve for years over his damn mistake.

  49. hurtingbad says:

    I knew tommy. Yes he made poor decisions, but he truely was an amazing person. He was drunk, sleeping it off. But instead of letting him, the police wanted to meet their dui quota. him and his adorable daughter did not deserve this. I know you consider him a criminal, but you have to ask, did this need to happen? NO! I don’t understand how any of you can be so insensitive. He wouldn’t have hurt anybody sleeping in his car. Tommy you will be missed dearly. My prayers are truely with you.

  50. lets be serious says:

    Hurting Bad, you are a complete idiot. How do you know he was sleeping it off, did he call and tell you before hand or during the chase he caused that indangered INNOCENT peoples lives. If he did call, as a friend to am amazing person, why didnt you go get him. I feel sorry for his family. Perhaps lack of guidence is what caused the entire ordeal. I also pray for the officer that was injured doing his job. Him and his family will be directly affected by this for years and years to come. He made a bad decision, lets not call him innocent. Any prior DUI’s? maybe thats why he ran. I’m sure evidence will turn up drug freeas well right? I ache for that baby and the pain she will endure by not having a father. But her father is the only person to blame. You sleep tight while us wives of stand up oifficers lay in bed alone worrying that somebody will make a bad decision and hurt or kill the ones we love.

  51. Plato says:

    Police have a very tough job. They are charged with protecting all our citizens including Tom Booth.

  52. Roger says:

    you’re just dumb. move to another country if you don’t like it here. you also don’t know anything about police procedure so stop talking

    1. roger says:

      that was to very upset taxpayer

      1. very upset taxpayer says:

        Roger, I’m happy for you that you settle for one side of the story. If the police are telling the whole truth, why haven’t they shown any footage from the cruiser? You pay for them to protect you, maybe we should make sure that proper procedure was carried out. You don’t know if he gave up after the tire spikes, and then got pulled out and beaten, and tried to get away after that. If everything was handled the way it was supposed to, then prove it with the video footage. That is why it’s there. Remember? We paid for it. That leaves little room for doubt on either side.

      2. lets be serious says:

        really? you are a huge hippy liberal i am shore. If they beat him, the medical examiner would have found it. P.S. you pay for that too

      3. taxpayer says:

        Lets be serious. You seem like the Hippie because I assume you meant “sure” instead of shore. And there hasn’t been any information released on the Autopsy so no one really knows anything yet. Maybe your conservative beliefs prevent you from having an open mind to what may or may not have happened

      4. lets be serious says:

        I have an open mind to things worth listening to. You are not one of those. Do you have any idea what the common protocol is? Obviously not, those tapes have been viewed hundreds of times by now. The family can request to see them; I don’t think it is YOUR business to see them because “you pay taxes”. Perhaps the family would be ashamed for them to be released, is it any of your business? I’ll be anticipating the autopsy results. To see that he was beaten, and I’m sure they sill show his system was clear of illegal narcotics as well. Perhaps you should consider living under a bridge, bums don’t pay taxes, I think you sound like you would make a great bum. See you at a red light!

      5. REALITY says:

        I think you all have a severe problem with hiding behind a blog. You should all copy and paste your criminal background checks on here so we call all see how much of upstanding citizens you all are. Im sure you all have someone in your family that has a troubled past, and until one of them suffers a similar fate, you will continue to make these ridiculous comments. Someone who has a past history of criminal offenses that hurt only themselves, such as him, are not in the same criminal category as ones who commit malicious crimes against other human beings. You should all feel ashamed of yourselves. And since I am right below let be serious, you do not seem like you have a very open mind to the whole story since you are completely one sided in your argument. you dont know ANYTHING about the whole story either so please go back to playing your World of Warcraft

      6. In Disbelief says:

        One difference REALITY. None of us ran from police and started a high speed chase. I ucan understand your hurt and frustration. This young man was troubled and had many who cared about him. Noone is perfect. The posts on this site are pointing fingers and making the police out to have caused this tragedy…that’s what we object to. very few of us believe a poor decision should have these consequences, but we are looking also at the other potential consequences this young man’s poor decisions may have had. We are all spouting based on what the media has shared, so a whole story I am sure it is not. I think you should also consider there are two sides and two vixtims. You blast others but did not address the injured officer, his family and friends or what consequences he is now suffering. 2 sides 2 stories by your own admission.

      7. kristy says:

        i don’t have a criminal record. never even a parking ticket.

      8. Ben says:

        Oh thats right you are perfect! You never have done anything wrong in your entire life. Thats one in a million!

  53. getalife says:

    patty hurtingbad

    tough time, poor decisions WOW where have you two been??
    he has been arrested 25 times and only 22 years old

  54. eyeNo says:

    You can not tell in the middle of the night that that is an over pass, tollgate is a very dark road. it looks like it’s just a more steep part of the median (which valleys out from @ the 84.5 mile marker to the 86 mm. My prayers go out to Cpl Hahn and his family. The right thing was done by all departments as well as all the officers involved. It was an unfortunate accident that could only have been avoided by NOT running.

  55. Simon says:

    I’m not familiar with the area, but was this dark overpass where the spike strips were laid across the road? Perhaps picking that location is now regretted.

  56. Rik says:

    You are all idiots with nothing better to do. Get a life.

    1. Robin says:

      Shoulda called in Batman commish! He can fly!

  57. McGruff says:

    Just a young immature kid who got scared with fact he was drunk & behind the wheel of a vehicle. Kids don’t think, they react & next thing know he’s eluding the police. Be interesting to learn this kid’s criminal background, my guess clean as a whistle, but course now dead b/c of stupidity/carelessness. First response was correct in that chase should been called off due to excessive speeds that occurred, putting innocent lives in danger. Next we’ll be hearing about lawsuit from the parents b/c their kid died. No sympathy here for the DUI suspect, you brought it on yourself. May God watch over this police officer & all those who wear the badge protecting us from the idiots out there!

  58. Robin says:

    WOW! I am so glad that so many people consider themselves perfect. I don’t write on these because you only ever get in a back and forth match with people that don’t matter to you anyway but I pray that none of you self rightious people have family members that do something wrong and people crusify them on something like this. I don’t know this person from the next but I know some of his famiy and I hope none of them read the garbage that people write on here. Yes, a better decision should have been made on his part but think of the families of everyone involved before you start shooting off your comments here. GOD is the only one that should judge people not people on the internet that don’t have anything better to do than this stuff.

    1. In Disbelief says:

      Yes, think of ALL the families. Especially those of the officer injured protecting our community. Everyone is saying the suspect simply made a poor decision and then proceeds to second guess every decision the officers made. Which way shall you have it people? It is a tragedy. Tough time or not, initiated by someone with a substantial criminal background who in no way deserved to die but is now gone –through HIS actions and took so much from his family, his daughter AND that of the officer’s family. Please stop bashing the police to find some blame in this tragedy…it ends up where it belongs and that doesn’t make anyone -especially the suspects family- feel any better about the loss.

  59. JiM says:

    Tommy was a friend of mine, my daughter and espeacially my son in law who considered him his best friend. He was intoxicated that night, I was with him earlier. But no drugs. He made some some bad decisions . He was very upset, it being Valentines day, and just breaking up with his girlfriend, the mother of his daughter. We called a family member to pick him up, but it seems he got some keys and took off. Really bad decision. You are all right about that. But how many of us make bad decisions when we are in a mood such as that. I know I have. But wrong as he was, the police get into CHASE MODE sometimes and make bad ecisions themselve. As here. Policies need to be changes. In D.C. they banned these types of chases after to many deaths resulted. I believe in other places to.
    Now as far as the bridge goes, I have seen on Google photo map, that the bridge is concrete vs. the asphalt highway. I’ve seen Tommy, a skilled roofer, jump 13 feet like it was nothing, so maybe he thought the police wouldnt follow, maybe he couldn’t see the real hight at night with no lights, maybe- maybe. We’ll never know. But we do know what happened to the officer in chase mode. I’m also pretty sure that after checking his plates and police record they probably knew exactly who they were chasing. The should have let up, and picked him up the next day instead of risking others lives with Hollywood mentality. Tommy had a problem it’s true. But he could have been helped like so many others have. His freinds, like my son in law were working to those ends. Its a tragidy all around. Beleve me. So lets all stop pointing fingers, bury this young man with some dignity. So many who knew him loved him so much. Lets pray for the recovery of Dan Hahn, and give sympathy to his family and freinds. He was doing his job. But I believe he was also a victim of bad police policy. Lets adopt a more reasonable policy for police chases which have probably cuased more deaths and injuries around this country than they have saved. Call you’re local state representitive. And pray for the soul of Tommy Booth, and give sympathy to his family and freinds.

    1. lets be serious says:

      Let’s teach our kids to follow the law, that is something more realistic than changing policy. Do you think him driving around drunk was safe? That they should really have backed off to the next day. Maybe if they did that your daughter would have been the car he hit. Prayers to his family but get a reality check

      1. lin says:

        his gf broke up with because she was beat up by him.

  60. Ace Slick says:

    Culling of the herd.

    Bless the innocent police officer and I pray for a full recovery.

  61. Jim says:

    I agree with taxpayer. If proper protocol was followed, prove it with the videos from the cruisers.

  62. In Disbelief says:

    Some of you people watch too many TV shows and movies. These are real people who you see in Church every week…as I do Cpl Hahn and his wife…living real lives. They go to work how many nights? How many high speed chases do you hear about in Cranberry Township…How many DUI suspects have they apprehended??? Do the Math. This is NOT ideal and not ordinary. Acknowledge the responsibility of the perpetrator or you will simply have NO credibility. It is sad such a young troubled boy is dead. It is not the fault of policy or the police. Sadly his bad decision had very bad consequences for which HIS daughter and family must pay for him. Ask yourself or other officers how many times they have been to the scene of DUI accidents where innocent civilians are lying dead on the road and then ask them if they want to pat suspects on the back and meet them back at their homes where they’ll be eagerly waiting for them….probably with a nice glass of iced tea!!!

  63. Mepet says:

    Wow what a bunch of morons! If the criminal had simply just pulled over, end of story! Oh and before you people start again, he was a criminal! Not a suspect, a CRIMINAL! He had been arrested before. The cop obviously didn’t know when he was on foot pursuit, that he was jumping off a bridge. He simply thought it was a jersey barrier. Adrenaline was flowing. The area is poorly lit if at all. Kudos to the officer for doing his job. Get well soon Cpl Christie, I will be praying for your recovery. Thank you for your service.

    1. Mepet says:

      Whoops-Lt Hahn not Cpl Christie. Get well soon Lt Hahn! Prayers go out to you and your family, speedy recovery.

  64. kristy says:

    i’m sure glad there are rational people out there who feel for this police officer and his family. speedy recovery and well wishes to the officer who put his life on the line.

  65. taxpayer says:

    Lets be serious. You seem like the Hippie because I assume you meant “sure” instead of shore. And there hasn’t been any information released on the Autopsy so no one really knows anything yet. Maybe your conservative beliefs prevent you from having an open mind to what may or may not have happened

  66. Drew Ries says:

    i bet not 1 of u people leaving things on here know this kid at alll he was a great guy always had a smile on his face he had a drinking problem yes people have problems in there lifes not 1 of u people is perfect and im sure everyone of u talkin has broke the law 1 way or another once in ur life if not everyday by speeding anything he has a 10month old baby girl that was left behind so why cant everyone just pray for his family me and my girlfriend watch his baby lastnight and it was soooo hard looking at her knowing she will never have a memory of her dad so everyone needs to stop with the mean comments unless u knew this person like i did and just stop and pray for the family and friends and if u people out there r that mean to call him a bad person and a criminal and yadda yadda just dont say anything at all liek about ur mom tellin u not to jump off a bridge didnt ur mother tell u if u didnt have anything nice to say to not say anything at all at least he was a good hearted person he made mistakes like people do everyday his mistake took his life no 1 elses and thats all there is to it just stop being sooo mean think about his family and friends and pray for them stop thinkin about the people that will be able to see there friends and family 2maro think about the people that will never get to say i love u or get to say goodbye again

  67. real says:

    I think you all have a severe problem with hiding behind a blog. You should all copy and paste your criminal background checks on here so we call all see how much of upstanding citizens you all are. Im sure you all have someone in your family that has a troubled past, and until one of them suffers a similar fate, you will continue to make these ridiculous comments. Someone who has a past history of criminal offenses that hurt only themselves, such as him, are not in the same criminal category as ones who commit malicious crimes against other human beings. You should all feel ashamed of yourselves. And since I am right below let be serious, you do not seem like you have a very open mind to the whole story since you are completely one sided in your argument. you dont know ANYTHING about the whole story either so please go back to playing your World of Warcraft

  68. Saint Kristy says:

    that just means you havent been caught. 🙂

    1. In Disbelief says:

      Kristy is not the target of this blog, but obviously you can’t drum up a comment with substance so DIVERT DIVERT attack attack and then maybe everyone will be distracted from the lack of value in your previous comments as dragging everyone else down doesn’t take away the perpetrator’s personal accountabilty for what happened. PERIOD..

  69. Saint Kristy says:

    that just means you havent been caught. 🙂

  70. kristen wall says:

    tommy has saved five peoples lives since his death, because he was a organ donor. So I guess this so called violent criminal maybe you ignorant people out there that left such horrible blogs, will now maybe feel some sort of remorse. For things that were said. We will be burying a great guy tomorrow and me and my family will miss him.

  71. tammie says:

    Thomas W. Booth, 22, Volant, was charged at 10 p.m. Thursday with harassment, driving under suspension and driving without a license at 2001 Leesburg-Grove City Road, Springfield Township, police said. Booth used a cell phone to hit a 19-year-old Grove City woman and then shoved her into the snow, police said.

    taken from the sharon herald news . . . yea he wasn’t doing anything wrong.

  72. Tammie says:

    Thomas W. Booth, 22, Volant, was charged at 10 p.m. Thursday with harassment, driving under suspension and driving without a license at 2001 Leesburg-Grove City Road, Springfield Township, police said. Booth used a cell phone to hit a 19-year-old Grove City woman and then shoved her into the snow, police said.

    Nice guy . . . this was in the newspaper LAST WEEK!!!

    1. lin says:

      Yes this was his childs mother, his girlfriend, The love of his life. How nice is that. And yet she called the cops but stayed with him.

      1. krysta says:

        i didnt stay with him! u dont no anything!!!! y do u think its ur business anyway? tom did love me more then he could ever say! and i love him very much we like any other couple especially with a child had OUR own problems… like i said and emphesize OUR problems. not a single one of u no what our relationship was like… and one incodent the cops got called and everyone makes him out to b the worst person on earth, now in heaven. leave it b… me and our daughter along with his family who has also become mine r trying to pick up the shattered pieces of our lives and ppl like u go and slander our names! and u have no idea who we r! GROW UP!!!! GET UR OWN LIFE AND STAY OUT OF OURS!!!!! u no nothing about any of us so what is ur point????? plz explain?????

      2. jamie. says:

        people make mistakes in their life…how about you think about your life and how “not perfect” it actually is. you don’t know what happened, you don’t know the family so don’t be saying things. grow up. kids make mistakes some learn from them the hard way….some get it a little bit easier.

  73. miss_you says:

    Dear cousin,
    I miss you very much but I am thankful that I will be able to see alittle bit of you from your beautiful baby girl. Yes, you made a mistake & we will never know why since you’re gone now. But I knw you are looking down on us all miss & love you R.I.P.

    1. krysta says:

      im not sure witch cousin u r but if u EVER want to c Nevaeh u r absolutley more then welcome! i want everyone to b a part of her life! i want her to b with ppl who knew her daddy and to b there to tell her how great of a person he was and how much he loved her! she is sooo lucky to have famliy like u and that will do so! and that loves her! she needs it… she deserves it and i dont ever want any of the family to lose touch with her! she as well as everyone in the family needs each other! plz feel free to get my number and c her anytime u like!!!! im soo sorry for everything! well all b missing tom sooooooo much!

  74. kevin says:

    As a recoverying alcoholic I can admit to having slept in my vehicle in a Church parking lot. I always identified the Church as a safe haven, remember when it was an aylum? When Tom pulled into the lot he made a decision to protect the public and himself. Can the Church provide that safety wherein we can be left to sleep?

  75. jim says:

    Stupid poice!!! All this because of a suspected dui….
    what a joke…Should of been the Sewickley Heights police that
    is injured… not the Cranberry Township officer thats to bad..
    prob a Sewickley Heights cop trying to be top cop so he can get a position full time
    thats what all township part time cops do try to make a name for there selfs to move up!

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