DERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A Derry Township man is facing charges after he repeatedly rammed his car into a vehicle his wife was riding in.
Dennis Wampler, 42, is charged with 10 counts of aggravated assault, 20 counts of simple assault, DUI, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, running a red light, driving the wrong way on a one way street and reckless endangerment.
Wampler was with his wife of 2 1/2 months, Rose Hill, at the Ligonier Street Grub and Pub early Wednesday morning when he was arrested for causing a scene.
Police later took him to his home on Route 982. It was at that same home where Rose Hill showed up with Derrick Miller causing Wampler to become enraged.
Hill and Miller left in one vehicle, Wampler followed them in a white Trans Am trying to run them off the road.
He slammed his car into theirs on five occasions. The collisions happened at Lincoln and James, the 300-block of James, the 1500-block of Ligonier and at the corner of Ligonier and Spring.
Police say Wampler ran virtually every red light in town and drove the wrong way on a one way street for at least six blocks. At one point he made an abrupt turn into the police station parking lot and nearly hit a car with an officer inside.
Police did not continue to pursue Wampler out of safety concerns. They say it’s a miracle he didn’t kill anyone.
He was later taken into custody at his home. He’s now in the Westmoreland County Jail on $10,000 straight cash bond.
Police say this is the sixth or seventh time Wampler has been charged with DUI.