High-speed chase ends in multiple charges

An Old Lycoming Township motorist faces numerous charges after taking a Pennsylvania College of Technology police officer on a brief high-speed pursuit on the morning of July 4, according to court records.

James Jay Johnston II, 30, of 1950 Lycoming Creek Road, fled from the officer, who attempted to stop the driver after seeing an expired sticker on the car’s license plate in the area of Fifth and Memorial avenues in the city about 11:30 a.m.

The vehicle pursuit ended when Johnston crashed the car into a tree at Seventh and Park avenues, police said. Johnston jumped out and fled on foot, but he was quickly nabbed near Grier Street and Aubrey Court, police said.

Johnston was arraigned that afternoon before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges of fleeing police, reckless driving, careless driving, driving with a suspended license and 15 summary traffic violations. Initially committed to the Lycoming County Prison, he has since been released on $15,000 bail.