Man Accused of Hitting Trooper With SUV Formally Charged

The man accused of hitting a trooper with his car when he couldn’t get through a road closure during the Ironman race was charged Tuesday morning.

James Berta is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

State police say the 82-year-old was trying to cross M-72 at Plowman Road, but couldn’t because of the bike portion of the Ironman Triathlon.

When troopers wouldn’t let him by they say he became irate and ran his car into the legs of a trooper, causing the trooper to stumble.

Another trooper helped get Berta to stop and arrest him.

He faces up to four years in prison and will be back in court next week.