A man accused of firing gunshots on Fourth Avenue from an SUV on March 10 was arraigned Monday before District Judge James G. Carn. He was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Jeromey A. Drummond, 19, of 137 Huffman Ave., allegedly fired several gunshots at another vehicle while driving a black Hyundai Santa Fe on Fourth Avenue about 4 p.m. There were no victims in the shooting, city police said.
The other vehicle, a black Chevy Traverse, had several occupants in it. A witness at the scene told police that the occupants got out of the vehicle following the shooting and jumped into a silver sedan before fleeing the scene, according to an affidavit filed at Carn's office.
A city police officer was nearby when the shots were fired and followed the Santa Fe to Second Avenue, where he witnessed a black man wearing a yellow t-shirt exit the driver's side of the vehicle while the engine still was running. The man got away on foot, and the video camera from the officer's patrol vehicle captured the man running from the scene, police said.
After a search warrant was approved for the vehicle, police discovered it contained 13 bundles of heroin, a .45 caliber pistol, two .45 caliber cartridges and $1745. The vehicle also contained 40 pills of oxycodone hydrocholoride, a controlled substance often referred to as Percocet, according to court papers.
The driver was later identified as Drummond when his mother reported to police that he had allegedly stolen her rented Santa Fe earlier in the day as she was unloading groceries from it. Surveillance footage taken on the day of the shooting at the Uni-Mart on high street and the Sheetz on Maynard Street show the same man in the footage taken from the police cruiser. The man matched the description of Drummond, police said.
Drummond faces charges of attempting to elude law enforcement, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of an instrument of crime, recklessly endangering another person, propulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle or onto a roadway, unauthorized use of a vehicle, disorderly conduct, criminal use of a communications facility, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of heroin, possession of oxycodone hydrocholoride, possession of drug paraphernalia and a summary offense for leaving a vehicle unattended while its engine was running.
Drummond is scheduled to appear before Carn for a preliminary hearing April 21 at 1:55 p.m.