3 drivers try, and fail, to evade police

As he was fleeing from a police officer in a Chevrolet Impala near First Avenue and High Street in the city, 21-year-old motorist Dwayne E. Morton bolted from the car and ran through the back door of his home at 823 High St., where he was nabbed minutes later, according to court records.

Morton was being pursued by Montoursville Patrolman Kurk Hockman on several alleys after the driver failed to use his turn signal about 10 p.m. on July 19, court records state.

At the time, Hockman was taking part in a two-night, countywide enforcement program to get drunk drivers off the road.

After he was taken into custody, Morton gave a false identification three times, Hockman said. Only after the officer submitted Morton’s fingerprints into a scanning device did he learn the man’s true identity. It turned out that Morton not only was driving without a license but also was on probation.

Automatically committed to the Lycoming County Prison on a probation violation, Morton was arraigned last week before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of fleeing police, false identification to law enforcement and driving without license. He was recommitted in lieu of $10,000 bail.

In another case involving a motorist who fled from police, Craig Alan Mutschler, 28, of 18 W. Houston Ave., Montgomery, faces charges for bolting from a state trooper while driving a friend’s Chevrolet Cobalt on Route 15 in South Williamsport about 5:15 p.m. June 2.

After fleeing into Clinton Township, Mutschler pulled over to the side of Route 15 only to do a 360-degree turn, forcing motorists traveling in both directions to stop suddenly in order to avoid a collision, police said.

The trooper continued to pursue Mutschler, who at times traveled at 100 mph, police said. The pursuit continued on some side roads before briefly resuming on Route 15, police said. The reckless driver then pulled into a storage shed facility and drove through a grassy field and back on to Route 15.

Mutschler was taken into custody a short time later and automatically committed to the Lycoming County Prison in on a probation violation. He was arraigned last week before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on several charges including fleeing police, recklessly endangering, driving without a license, speeding and related offenses. He was recommitted in lieu of $25,000 bail.

In a third case involving a fleeing motorist, Tressa Lynn Majer, 22, of Mifflinburg, has been charged by city police with fleeing police and reckless driving following a minor incident at Market and Church streets on June 12. She is free on $10,000 bail after she waived her preliminary hearing before Page.