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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pike County Man Indicted For Striking Park Ranger With Automobile While Fleeing

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a federal grand jury returned an indictment on June 19, charging Damari Mykel Roulhac, of Pike County, with assaulting a National Park Service Ranger while fleeing apprehension.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Damari Mykel Roulhac, age 25, was located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area when he struck a Ranger with his automobile while fleeing after being ordered to stop.

Roulhac previously was charged on July 5, 2016 with a Criminal Complaint alleging the same violations.  Roulhac currently is serving a state sentence of imprisonment in Pike County for driving under the influence charges.

The investigation was conducted by the National Park Service Rangers.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo. 

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for the most severe charge is a, eight-year term of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.                  

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Updated July 21, 2016