GREENCASTLE - The Borough of Greencastle is still waiting for a complete Pennsylvania State Police report to determine the cause of an accident that destroyed a Greencastle police cruiser.

According to Greencastle Borough Council President Charles Eckstine, the cruiser was wrecked when Greencastle police were assisting state police May 6 at VisionQuest in South Mountain.

Eckstine said Greencastle Police Chief Peter Mozurkevich called state police to inquire about the status of the report Monday, May 8, and was told he would be contacted when it is available. Almost two weeks later, the report has not been issued.

Eckstine believes Officers Michael Knechtel was not at fault for the accident, but the state police report will make the final determination, he said. The report is necessary to clarify insurance claims on the cruiser, Eckstine said.

According to a Greencastle police report filed by Knechtel, a white station wagon hit the right front fender of Greencastle's 2004 Ford Crown Victoria cruiser around 8:48 p.m. May 6 on Five Forks Road.

Eckstine said two police cruisers were patrolling Greencastle that night and Knechtel was able to respond to a state police request at VisionQuest. State police needed assistance with a student uprising, according to Knechtel's report.

Eckstine said state police originally told Mozurkevich he would have to make a request for the report in Harrisburg. After speaking with a state trooper, Mozurkevich was told he would receive a report from the Chambersburg barracks when it was completed, Eckstine said.

The Pennsylvania State Police report said David Sanocki, 47, of Waynesboro was traveling in a 2003 Toyota when it collided with Knechtel's vehicle around 9:10 p.m. at 5857 Orphanage Road.

Eckstine said Greencastle “got lucky" and was able to secure a second vehicle last Thursday. Another municipality had canceled its order for a Ford Crown Victoria with a complete police package.

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