A northeastern Pennsylvania man who was repeatedly mistaken for Eric Frein — the suspect in the killing of a state trooper — now has his own car as a result of the ordeal.
James Tully was questioned by police more than a dozen times during the search for Frein, who was arrested Oct. 30 after a 48-day manhunt.
Because he didn't have a car, Tully had been forced to walk back and forth from work each day along rural roads.
His plight brought him wide sympathy and led to a crowdfunding campaign to get him a car.
About $24,000 was raised.
Wednesday he used less than half the money to buy a 2007 Subaru Outback.
Tully said he was stopped and questioned more than 20 times by authorities and even civilians, including one encounter at gunpoint that left him fearing for his life.
On Oct. 17, Tully said he was walking home when a driver in tactical gear pulled over, pointed a rifle at him and forced him down on the ground, putting a knee in his back. Tully said the man never identified himself, but let him go after another officer appeared and vouched for Tully.
"This guy apparently had delusions of grandeur that he would be the one to catch Frein," said Tully's father, Bob Tully. "We completely commiserate with the police, but this guy went full commando on my son."
James Tully tells The Pocono Record he'll use the rest to pay for maintenance and insurance.