September 28, 2017

Man convicted of assaulting and fleeing from Park Service ranger

SCRANTON – An East Stroudsburg man was convicted in federal court on September 26, of charges arising from the hit and run of a United States Park Ranger. 

The jury returned the guilty verdict against Damari Roulhac, 26, after approximately three hours of deliberation. Roulhac was charged with and convicted of one count of assaulting a law enforcement official, and one count of fleeing from a law enforcement official.

On the evening of July 1, 2016, park rangers patrolling the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, encountered Roulhac and ordered him to stop his vehicle.  Roulhac refused and accelerated his vehicle towards one of the Rangers, causing him to jump out of the way.  When the Ranger then attempted to detain Roulhac, he accelerated again, striking the Ranger with the vehicle while fleeing the scene.

Rangers tracked him down days later, at the Pike County Courthouse, when Roulhac was sentenced for an unrelated DUI conviction.

Roulhac faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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