DOCUMENT: Stupid, Crime

Suspect Nabbed Wearing Perfect Message T-Shirt

Perp proves he is adept at making bad choices

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Really Bad Decisions

JANUARY 29--A Pennsylvania theft suspect was wearing a t-shirt that declared he was “Really Good At Making Really Bad Decisions” when he fled from police in a stolen car as an officer clung to the vehicle’s window, according to investigators.

Responding to a 911 call about a man stealing items from a Sheetz convenience store in Baden, a borough 30 miles west of Pittsburgh, police Tuesday night encountered Michael Emrick, 36, as he was seated inside a pickup truck.

Emrick, seen in the adjacent mug shot, ignored police demands to exit the vehicle. Cops used a Taser on Emrick, but that was “ineffective,” according to a criminal complaint. Emrick proceeded to “slam onto the gas pedal and thrust forward,” cops noted.

As Emrick began to flee, Officer Juan Villagomez “got tangled in the mirror of the truck and was drug a short distance before being thrown violently to the ground.” Villagomez was not seriously injured.

For 15 minutes, Emrick led eight police cars on a high-speed chase that ended shortly after the suspect crashed the GMC Sierra into a shed. Emrick later abandoned the truck and got collared while “running down into the woods.”

When cops apprehended Emrick, they immediately noticed his unfortunate garment choice.

According to court records, Emrick was charged with an assortment of felonies and misdemeanors, including aggravated assault, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property, reckless endangerment, theft, and fleeing police. He is locked up in the Beaver County Prison in advance of a February 11 District Court appearance.

Emrick has a lengthy rap sheet that includes busts for narcotics possession, theft, disorderly conduct, and possession of drug paraphernalia.