A 37-year-old Bethel man was arrested after allegedly trying to run over a wildlife conservation officer who had observed him burglarizing a church, state police said on Monday.
Cory Arthur Lutz was arrested on Dec. 15 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Summer Hill Road. At around 10:30 p.m., two wildlife conservation officers on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle pull into the church parking lot and back up to a storage shed that had its door pried open, state police said.
Lutz was seen exiting the shed and entered his vehicle. When the two officers identified themselves and ordered him to stop, Lutz accelerated his vehicle toward one of the officers, who was able to avoid being struck, police said.
Lutz then traveled down an embankment into the woods. He continued to make several attempts to accelerate his stopped vehicle while periodically drinking a can of beer. Authorities had to forcefully remove Lutz from the vehicle, according to police.
Lutz faces charges of aggravated assault, burglary, criminal trespass, DUI, criminal mischief, institutional vandalism, resisting arrest, fleeing and attempting to elude while DUI, criminal attempt theft, driving while DUI suspended, trespass by motor vehicle and careless driving.