Police: 28-year-old jailed for hit-and-run

Nathan Joseph Dunlap Jr. — the 28-year-old hit-run motorist who crashed into the back of a city police cruiser driven by Patrolman Robert Brown on Nov 1 — was taken into custody early Thursday morning and jailed.

Dunlap, of 455 Elmira St., slammed into the rear of Brown’s cruiser while the officer was on routine patrol on West Fourth Street, near Cemetery Street, about 12:20 a.m.

The 2005 Ford Taurus that Dunlap was driving traveled a half a block before it became disabled, police said.

Dunlap, who was driving with a suspended license, bolted from the scene, leaving behind his injured girlfriend, Janey Weaver, 21, of South Williamsport, in the passenger seat, police said.

Weaver was treated at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center as was Brown, who was briefly disoriented, but otherwise uninjured.

Arraigned before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges of accidents involving death or personal injury, recklessly endangering and driving under the influence of intoxicants, Dunlap was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.

In a second case involving Dunlap, he faces another charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants following an incident in the 800 block of West Fourth Street on Aug. 16, city police said. His blood-alcohol level at the time was .17, court records state.