Police: Plains Twp. Man Tried To Pull Gun After Speeding Through Work Zone

October 5, 2018

A stun gun didn’t stop a man accused of confronting officers who stopped him as he sped through an Interstate 81 construction zone in Moosic on Wednesday, endangering PennDOT employees working nearby.

Shawn Christopher Oneil, 40, of 169 Iroquois Ave., Plains Twp., is also accused of trying to pull a gun on troopers, who said a PennDOT worker helped disarm him.

Oneil swerved through the closed lane of I-81 north on a 2017 Harley-Davidson around 10:14 p.m., when he nearly struck a piece of machinery, authorities said.

Troopers who pulled him over said he smelled of alcohol and repeatedly refused orders to lie down, eventually approaching the officers in a rage, ripping off his jacket and yelling.

Trooper Michael Lohman used his stun gun, but Oneil still refused to lie down. He began to comply with the officer’s orders but then made a gesture like he was reaching for a gun, Lohman said. A construction worker removed Oneil’s gun from its holster.

Police arrested Oneil and said he had a .45 caliber pistol and a .357 caliber revolver. He refused to take a blood alcohol test, police said.

In addition to DUI, Oneil is charged with recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and several summary offenses.

Oneil is in Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $7,500 bail and awaits a preliminary hearing.

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