The video released to lehighvalleylive.com of the shootout between Daniel Clary and two Pennsylvania state police troopers shows how quickly a routine traffic stop can turn into a life or death struggle.
Daniel Clary, left, and Seth Kelly
Northampton County First Deputy District Attorney Terence Houck released the video to demonstrate exactly that point.
He released it only after consulting with the family of Corporal Seth Kelly, who nearly died in the shootout. He also spoke with trooper Ryan Seiple and his family.
“It was only with their permission and encouragement that ultimately we decided to (release the video),” Houck said Thursday.
The video shot from the dashboard of a state police cruiser shows Seiple trying to arrest Clary for driving under the influence. Clary breaks away and the troopers spend about a minute trying to subdue him until Clary dashes for his car and pulls out a gun.
Kelly was shot four times during the exchange of gunfire Nov 7, 2017, on the side of Route 33 in Plainfield Township.
He arrived at a local hospital clinically dead. He spent 12 days in a medically-induced coma and 25 days in the hospital. He doesn’t remember the shootout.