Convicted sex offender charged with fleeing police, more

A motorist who took state police on a brief pursuit before bailing out of his 2003 Buick Lesabre and fleeing on foot in late December has been arrested and jailed on numerous offenses.

Although Basir Loyal eluded capture on Dec. 27, 2019, the night of the pursuit, he was taken into custody last week and arraigned on charges of fleeing police, flight to avoid apprehension, reckless endangering, accidents involving damage to attended property, driving without a license, careless driving and several other summary violations.

The pursuit began in the area of West Third and Maynard streets after a state trooper saw Loyal run a red traffic light, according to court records. The trooper activated his cruiser’s emergency lights and siren, but Loyal refused to stop as he continued traveling on several streets.

With the car still in drive, Loyal jumped out and took off running at Fourth Avenue and Louis Street, police said, adding that the car kept moving, striking a parked trailer that then hit another vehicle.

Besides the charges related to the pursuit, Loyal, 37, a convicted sex offender in New Jersey, was also arraigned on a felony charge of failure to register when he moved to 1240 Vine Ave. in the city, police said. Court records did not state when he moved to Pennsylvania. He also failed to register his various places of employment, which he is required to be done within a certain time.

Following his arraignment before District Judge Aaron Biichle on Jan. 30, Loyal was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of a total of $185,000 bail.


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