Lengthy high-speed pursuit lands driver in county jail

Having been arrested hours earlier for suspected of DUI, motorist Joshua Craver took another state trooper on a high-speed chase early Saturday morning that began on Interstate 180 in Loyalsock Township and ended at the Salladasburg Elementary School.

As soon as Trooper Nathan Birth activated his cruiser’s emergency lights and siren on the interstate, “the vehicle began to accelerate, reaching a sustained speed of 110 mph,” the officer said in an affidavit.

Craver, driving a 1996 Acura Integra, was heaving westbound on I-180 when he saw the trooper behind him about 3 a.m.

Birth said he recognized Craver as the same man who another trooper had charged earlier with suspected drunk driving. (No details of that incident were available Tuesday night.)

Birth’s pursuit continued for nearly 20 miles, ending at the entrance to the school on Route 287. Craver was taken into custody immediately. A female passenger riding in the car was not injured.

The trooper said he detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from both Craver and the passenger. There were multiple open beer containers inside the car, Birth said.

Craver, 31, of 925 High St., was arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey on a total of 10 charges, including felony fleeing police, DUI, recklessly endangering another and speeding. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Numerous other motorists facing DUI-related charges

When motorist Kim Transeau stepped out of her 2008 Subaru Forester in the 200 block of Valley Street in DuBoistown about 9 p.m. on Aug. 8, she lost her balance and stumbled, a South Williamsport police officer said in an affidavit

“I can’t even walk right,” the 54-year-old DuBoistown woman told the officer, who stopped her after her car nearly struck a parked vehicle and almost hit the curb several times as she traveled on Riverside Drive and Euclid Avenue. Before getting out of the car, she handed the officer an open bottle of rum that was half empty, according to court records. Transeau, who refused to provide a blood sample, has been charged with DUI and sent a summons to appear before a district judge.

Motorist Joshua Hyde, 29, of 64 Ash Pile Drive, Jersey Shore, had a blood-alcohol content level of .13 when he crashed his 2017 Subaru Impreza on Route 44 in Washington Township about 2:30 a.m. on July 11, state police said. He has been charged with DUI and careless driving, and sent a summons to appear before a district judge.

Working with city police on a roving patrol to get drunk drivers off the streets, South Williamsport police charged motorist Dartanine Ransom, 48, of 933 Louisa St., with DUI for having a blood-alcohol content level of .22 when an officer stopped his 207 Dodge Magnum at Seventh and Market streets on June 28. He is free on $5,000 bail.

Christopher Robinson, 37, of Philadelphia, was charged by state police with DUI and careless driving after his car was stopped in the 200 block of William Street in the city about 2:10 a.m. on June 20 because he had cut off another motorist and his windows were too tinted. His blood alcohol content level was .09, court records state. He is free on $5,000 bail.

Lashay Bryant-Carter, 28, of 946 Memorial Ave., driving a 2011 Chevrolet Impala, had marijuana in her system when a state trooper stopped her at Washington Boulevard and Market Street in the city on May 30, according to court records. Before providing a blood sample, she admitted to smoking a marijuana joint about two hours earlier, police said. Charged with DUI and careless driving, she is free on $5,000 bail

Motorist Stefano Disalvo, 35, of 1032 Mulberry St., Montoursville, had a blood-alcohol content level of .23 when a state trooper stopped her 2007 Jeep Cherokee in the 900 block of Penn Street in the city about 12:45 a.m. on April 14. Charged with DUI and careless driving, she is free on $5,000 bail.

After being pulled over by a state trooper at Court and Pine streets in the city on March 17 because he failed to use a turn signal and also did not come to a complete stop at a stop sign, Raymond Williams 34, of Villas, New Jersey, was found to have a blood-alcohol content level of .10, according to court records. Charged with DUI and careless driving, Williams is free on $5,000 bail.

Man charged with criminal mischief

Upset about being evicted from his apartment at 925 Ellinger St., Richard Parsons picked up “a large landscaping rock” and threw it through the window to the landlord’s office on Feb. 26, city Patrolwoman Laura Kitko alleged in court papers.

The office is located in the same apartment building, Kitko said. It cost about $2,000 (with labor) to replace the window, she added.

Parsons, 31, of Liberty, has been charged with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and is free on $5,000 bail after waiving his preliminary hearing before District Judge Aaron Biichle.

Three charged with shoplifting in separate cases

Daisy Edmonds, 21, of 528 Reuben Kehrer Road, Muncy, faces a felony shoplifting charge after she was caught allegedly trying to steal 17 articles of children’s clothing from Walmart, 1015 N. Loyalsock Ave., on Sept. 25, according to Montoursville police.

Edmonds, who already has three shoplifting convictions, was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Gary Whiteman and released on $15,000 bail.

Tiffany Knepp, 30, of Lewistown, has been charged by Muncy Township police with felony shoplifting after she was caught allegedly trying to flee Target at Lycoming Crossing with $625 worth of merchandise on Sept. 8, according to Police Chief Christopher McKibben. The items included video games, a cellphone and a knife.

This was Knepp’s third shoplifting arrest, McKibben said. Following her arraignment before District Judge Jon Kemp, she was released on $20,000 bail.

Randall Puit Jr., 34, of Osceola Mills, has been charged with misdemeanor shoplifting, receiving stolen property and possession of an instrument of crime after he was caught allegedly stealing $304 worth of merchandise from Kohl’s, 251 William St., on Jan. 2, according to city Patrolman William Badger.

Puit had “a magnet with the intent to use it to remove security tags from merchandise,” the officer said. Puit attempted to steal a speaker and a pair of sweatpants. He was released on $2,500 bail after waiving his preliminary hearing before Biichle.

This was his second shoplifting arrest, according to court records.


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