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Montoursville man charged for speeding, fleeing officers

A Montoursville man has been charged for allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase in the city last month, according to city police.

Michael Powell, 28, of 313 Broad St., allegedly had a warrant out for his arrest when officers tried to stop him in a blue Ford Fusion at the intersection of Almond and Tucker streets the afternoon of Dec. 8, said city police sergeant Brian McGee.

Powell had been wanted by police since he slipped out of handcuffs in city hall after a previous drug-related arrest in December.

A law enforcement official in an unmarked vehicle allegedly attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Powell allegedly fled north on Almond Street, estimated to be around 70 mph, McGee said.

“The vehicle passed in a no-passing zone, on a residential street, while crossing into the oncoming lane of travel,” McGee said.

Several officers pursued in both marked and unmarked vehicles and eventually caught up to Powell, who had allegedly passed through the intersection of Grampian Boulevard and Almond Street, through the grass and striking a tree in the 900 block of Grampian Boulevard.

“The vehicle then struck a ‘no parking’ sign and rolled into a curb on the south side of Grampian Boulevard,” McGee said.

Powell allegedly escaped officers by fleeing south between two houses, and police were unable to apprehend him at the scene, McGee said.

McGee said Powell allegedly entered the same vehicle earlier in the day wearing the same clothes that were seen on the man who fled the vehicle, and police allegedly discovered a black mask and hat in the vehicle.

McGee also said there was a Visa debit card left in the car with the name “Michael N. Powell” on it.

Powell allegedly drove a vehicle registered to a last-known girlfriend, who allegedly told police that the driver of the vehicle was a “Hakeem,” whom she did not provide any information on such as a last name, McGee said.

District Judge Christian Frey arraigned Powell for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, recklessly endangering another person, driving while operating privilege is suspended, accidents involving damage to unattended property and windshield obstructions and wipers.

Powell has been wanted since last November, when he was charged with possession with intent to deliver, and escaped.

While Powell was handcuffed to a bench in city hall waiting to be fingerprinted and arraigned for possession charges, he allegedly slipped out of the hand cuffs and walked toward the front door of City Hall.

Powell was also recently arraigned for charges related to drug crimes and tampering with evidence thereof in September of 2021, when police allege he threw cocaine out the window of a tinted white Acura vehicle driven by a gang member.

Powell allegedly had $700 on him, as well as three cell phones in the car, money bands on their wrists and crack cocaine on the floor.

NEU detectives charged Powell with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a controlled substance: crack cocaine.

Powell did not post the accumulated $300,000 bail for the three cases against him.

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