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BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies say a western Pennsylvania county jail inmate wearing an orange-and-white striped uniform tried to hail a taxi to escape from a hospital where he was taken for medical treatment.
The Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/OipJ1g ) reports Tuesday that 23-year-old Holden Wooley was taken to Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital on Saturday night after a reported seizure. Deputies say at one point during his four-hour hospital visit, Wooley went outside to hail a cab — but the driver refused to pick him up.
When hospital security officers tried to grab him, Wooley ran into the woods. Police say he was arrested a couple hours later when officers used a dog and a stun gun to subdue him. He was treated for a dog bite at the hospital and returned to jail.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Wooley.
A cab driver is accused of hitting a pedestrian and driving away in downtown Spokane late Tuesday.
Lucas M. Blum, 31, alias McElroy, was driving a white minivan when he struck a woman who was trying to cross Stevens Street while westbound on Sprague Avenue about 10:15 p.m.
The woman said she tried to obtain the driver's information, but he refused, then drove away. She noted his license plate number and identified him after speaking with a representative of Spokane Cab, police say.
Blum was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a felony charge of hit-and-run.
He obtained a business license for a taxi service on March 6, according to City of Spokane records.
Eight years ago, longtime Spokane cab driver Jack Gordon felt the passenger in the back seat press a gun barrel to his right temple.
Gordon agreed to hand over the money in his pocket but extended his hand only a few inches before the gun exploded.
Bright light. Jarring impact. Pressure and blood.
“The first thing that came across my mind was, ‘Did this just really happen?’ ” Gordon said, recalling the shooting on Dec. 1, 2003. “There was blood everywhere, but I was still there. I knew I wasn’t going to be for very long.”