A good Samaritan who stopped to help a crash victim was arrested on a rape charge after telling police there was a warrant out for him.
Orian Paul Stadel, 30, said a car in front of him collided with a car pulling out from a side street Friday.
“If I had been hit and someone saw the whole thing, clear, I’d want them to stay around,” Stadel said. Neither woman in the crash was seriously hurt.
When police arrived, Stadel asked if they needed a statement from him, Scott Township Police Chief Ray Klingler said.
Stadel seemed nervous, and asked if the accident would be in the newspaper, Klingler said.
When told that it might be, the chief said, Stadel replied, “I think I have a warrant out for me.”
Allegedly had sex with sleeping woman
Klingler ran a check, found the warrant and put Stadel in handcuffs. “He didn’t give us any trouble,” Klingler said.
The rape charge dates to August when a woman said she went to bed with Stadel, but told him she did not want to have sex because she was tired, according to court records.
Stadel, of Bloomsburg, acknowledged having sex with the woman while she slept, according to police. The case was dismissed after the woman failed to appear at his preliminary hearing, but was recently refiled, authorities said.
Stadel said he didn’t know a new warrant had been issued until someone told him it was reported in a newspaper Wednesday. He said he tried calling police Friday to schedule an appointment for his arraignment, but the investigating officer wasn’t in.
Stadel said he isn’t guilty of rape but declined to discuss the case further. His court date is set for Feb. 5.