Police: Fleeing motorist a heroin dealer

A motorist who took Old Lycoming Township police on a 5-mile pursuit and then bailed out of his car after it became disabled by road spikes left behind 10 packets of heroin and a cellphone that revealed a text message that revealed he had recently been “selling drugs,” court records state.

Jahvaise Kadeem Murchison, 25, of 640 Seventh Ave., fled in a Oldsmobile from Sgt. Joseph Hope at Mutchler Park, off Route 973, about 11:50 p.m. on May 9, police said.

After Hope activated his cruiser’s emergency lights, Murchison failed to stop. The pursuit continued through Hepburn and Loyalsock townships to the 1500 block of Bloomingrove Road, where the driver’s car became disabled, police said.

Although Murchison bolted from the scene, police obtained his identity from a woman who was riding in the vehicle with him, court records said. Murchison dropped on the pavement his cellphone and several packets of heroin that were found near the driver’s door to his car, police said.

Recently arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman on several charges, including fleeing police, possession of heroin and driving with a suspended license, Murchison was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.