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NORRISTOWN — A Norristown man faces more than a decade in prison for engaging in illegal drug activity and assaulting a police officer in Pottstown during a traffic stop.

Percy Arnold Allen, 48, of the 1300 block of Arch Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 12½-to-25-years in a state correctional facility on charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, aggravated assault of a police officer and person not to possess a firearm in connection with two incidents that occurred in Pottstown between January and April 2018.

The sentence was imposed by Judge Steven T. O’Neill after Allen pleaded guilty to the charges as part of a plea agreement. The sentence included consecutive prison time for the offenses.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Richard Bradbury Jr. Defense lawyer Adam Katzman represented Allen.

With the charges, Pottstown police alleged Allen delivered an amount of packaged cocaine to a confidential informant during a January 2018 arranged meeting in the borough.

Allen’s second encounter with borough police occurred about 10 a.m. April 12, 2018, when police conducted a traffic stop of a Honda, operated by Allen, for an alleged expired registration, according to a criminal complaint. The vehicle was stopped on Evans Street between Walnut and Beech streets, according to the arrest affidavit filed by Pottstown Police Officer Ryan Guth.

The operator, later identified as Allen, exited the vehicle and allegedly refused the officer’s order to return to the car, claimed he did not need a license to drive and began to walk away on North Evans Street, according to court papers.

When the officer approached, Allen allegedly became aggressive “and raised his fists in a threatening manner,” Guth wrote in the criminal complaint. When the officer drew a Taser, Allen fled on foot southbound on North Evans Street, police alleged. The officer caught up with Allen mid-block and a struggle ensued, during which Allen “threw a closed fist punch” at the officer’s head, Guth alleged.

Allen was eventually knocked to the ground and he threw several more closed fist punches at the officer’s head and kicked the officer multiple times during a struggle, according to the criminal complaint.

With assistance from other officers, Allen eventually was taken into custody.

At the time of his arrest, according to the criminal complaint, Allen was in possession of a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with nine rounds in the magazine. Allen also possessed suspected crack cocaine, “packaged in a manner consistent with street sales,” heroin and oxycodone pills, according to the arrest affidavit.

With the charges, police alleged Allen had a prior criminal record that prohibited him from possessing a firearm.

The Pottstown police officer was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries, court documents indicated. Allen refused medical treatment, police said.

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