Brothers in custody following high speed chase in Tioga County
WELLSBORO - Erich J. West, 33, and Ryan J. West, 21, of 142 Scouten Hill Road, were charged Monday after they allegedly led state police on a high-speed car chase through Tioga County.
According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard's office, the brothers were in a stolen car belonging to Peter and Sandra Losinger when they were spotted by state police on Route 6 just outside of Mansfield.
Police initiated a traffic stop once they caught up to the 2012 Ford Fusion on Route 15 as it exited at Canoe Camp Creek, but the elder West, who was driving, sped up and began passing cars before it turned onto Route 660 in Covington Township, police said.
West then allegedly led police into Charleston Township, crossing Route 6 onto the Whitneyville Road and finally ditching the car near a wooded area.
Police said both men fled on foot into the woods.
Police said they found seven syringes in the car, along with cotton balls containing heroin residue, a sandwich bag with numerous empty heroin packets, burned or melted spoons for using heroin and four boxes of copper welding wire worth $300 belonging to Reese's Welding on Cherry Flats Road, Charleston Township.
Ryan West returned to his residence at about 5 p.m. and was taken into custody without incident.
Erich West remained at large all night, but was observed near his residence the next day at about 7 a.m. and was taken into custody without incident. His license is suspended due to a prior DUI, police said.
Erich West was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property for being in possession of a stolen car and for the copper wire, reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude police and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as multiple traffic violations. He was jailed in lieu of $125,000 bail and his preliminary hearing set for Aug. 27.
No charges had been filed as of Wednesday afternoon against Ryan West.
Police: Teen made unauthorized
purchases using aunt's debit card
WELLSBORO - Andrew J. McCart, 19, of 23 West Ave., Apt. 4, was charged by borough police with access device fraud and theft after he allegedly made purchases with his aunt's debit card without her permission.
According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard's office, McCart, who lives with his aunt, Kenli Ryan, used her debit card to make $49 in purchases using his X-Box between Aug. 4 and Aug. 7.
Ryan reported McCart after she was contacted by her bank telling her that her bank statements showed suspicious charges were made against her account. McCart said he did it because he was mad at her.
He was issued a summons for a Sept. 10 preliminary hearing.
Man charged with lying to police
MANSFIELD - Joshua M. Dolliver, 20, of 198 Summit Street, Morris Run, was charged March 29 by Blossburg police with unsworn falsification to authorities after a traffic stop on East Creek Road, Blossburg.
Police said he lied in a written statement about alcohol in his truck.
According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson's office, Dolliver told police he was unsure where the alcohol had come from, but Donald J. Stevenson, 42, of Blossburg told police he gave a large quantity of alcohol to Dolliver and his passenger, Michael Hinman, 26, who is on probation, to take to a party March 29 at another location.
During a May 22 preliminary hearing for furnishing alcohol to minors, Dolliver testified he had made up the story about where the alcohol had come from and denied any knowledge of a party occurring that evening and provided a written statement to police.
He said that his passenger, Hinman, was on probation, and he made it up to protect Hinman from being in violation of his probation.
After waiving his preliminary hearing, Dolliver was released on $1,500 bail. County court arraignment was set for Sept. 9.
4 charged with drunken driving
MANSFIELD - Four people were charged recently with driving under the influence of intoxicants.
According to documents filed at District Judges James Carlson and Rob Repard's offices, they are:
Nathan R. Ayers, 20, of 2136 Newtown Hill Road, Mansfield, by borough police following a traffic stop on College Avenue March 17. He also was charged with underage drinking. He was issued a summons to appear at a Sept. 18 preliminary hearing.
Matthew S. Fuller, 24, of 3208 Lambs Creek Road, Mansfield, by state police following a traffic stop on Route 15, Richmond Township, Sept. 5. He was issued a summons to appear at a Sept. 4 preliminary hearing.
Elizabeth M. Reed, 23, of 7126 Route 6, Wellsboro, by state police after she crashed her car on Route 660 in Delmar Township Aug. 11. She was released on $5,000 bail, and her preliminary hearing set for Aug. 27.
James R. Diederich, 29, of 14 Kelly Road, Wellsboro, by state police after he crashed his car on Route 4037, Charleston Township May 13. He was issued a summons to appear at a Sept. 3 preliminary hearing.