For nearly 20 minutes on Friday morning, South Williamsport fugitive Tyrone Dunn tried desperately to avoid being captured.
However, at the end of the 7:15 a.m. chase, the 49-year-old motorist, wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting a former girlfriend earlier this week in a Philadelphia suburb, was caught moments after jumping from the second story of a Center City parking deck, state police said.
Dunn, of 951 S. Market St., drove at a high rate of speed on nearly a dozen city streets as cruisers pursued him, police said.
During the pursuit, Dunn’s rental van and a state police cruiser collided near West Fourth and Laurel streets, sending Dunn’s vehicle into the rear of the Brickyard Building at 349 Pine St., Trooper Adam Kirk said.
Despite the damage, both vehicles could still be driven for several more blocks before the two became disabled, Kirk said.
The pursuit began at Hastings Street and Southern Avenue in South Williamsport soon after officers saw Dunn get into the van outside his apartment.
Police had been watching the apartment and were planning to take him into custody on the assault warrant when he was seen pulling away, Kirk said.
When a borough police officer activated his cruiser’s emergency lights and siren, Dunn sped across the Market Street bridge into the city, “traveling into oncoming lanes of traffic,” Kirk said, adding that state troopers then joined in the pursuit.
As Dunn headed north and turned on to Grampian Boulevard, he traveled in excess of 75 mph, Kirk said.
“Dunn crossed into the oncoming lanes of travel near Franklin Street, where there was a moderate amount of traffic,” Kirk said.
The pursuit continued south on Warren Avenue and east a few blocks into Loyalsock Township before heading west and back into the city.
Following the collision with the cruiser in Center City, Dunn traveled east on Third Street for several more blocks before turning into the lot of Masden’s Car Wash and then turning onto Washington Boulevard, Kirk said.
Police briefly “lost sight of the van in the area of Washington Boulevard and Penn Street,” Kirk said. When the van was located, Dunn had already bailed out. The location of where the vehicle was abandoned was not in the trooper’s affidavit.
Within a matter of minutes, officers once again spotted Dunn, this time “running near West Third and Pine streets and heading” toward a parking deck, Kirk said.
As officers converged on the deck, Dunn suddenly was seen jumping from the second floor of the deck, Kirk said.
Upon his capture, Dunn was arraigned before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges of fleeing police, recklessly endangering, resisting arrest and numerous traffic violations, including running eight stop signs and two traffic lights.
When Whiteman set bail at $250,000, Dunn protested saying “I didn’t kill anyone. I didn’t rob a bank or nothing.” Unable to post the bail, he was sent to the Lycoming County Prison.
He will be arraigned at a later date on the state police assault charges that involve the former girlfriend, court officials said.