Multiple people face charges in Lycoming County

A city man faces charges for alleged chase, crash and assault

After punching his girlfriend in the mouth, a Williamsport man allegedly led city police on a chase that hospitalized one person and left his girlfriend with a bloodied face.

Dyshean Purvis, 35, of 661 Rose St., Apt. 2N, faces a mountain of charges related to the Jan. 9 incident, during which he was allegedly high on K2, according to city police.

Addision Gingrich, the arresting officer, was driving east on Park Avenue when he heard a female scream “help me, help me,” over and over. The woman had just left the driver seat of a black sedan and was allegedly covered in blood originating from her face.

Purvis, who was previously in the passenger seat, allegedly entered the driver seat of the sedan and fled northbound “at a high rate of speed,” according to Gingrich.

Purvis allegedly did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Hepburn Street and Market Street, and crashed into a Kia. The crash allegedly disabled the car and severely injured the driver in the intersection who was later hospitalized, according to Gingrich.

Meanwhile, Purvis allegedly continued to drive only to strike a parked SUV on Park Court. He allegedly left the sedan and continued to flee police on foot.

Later, Purvis allegedly arrived at a home on the 300 block of Brandon Avenue, where he asked the resident to make a call for him. She instead called 911, which tipped police off to Purvis’ whereabouts.

City police allegedly chased Purvis down at Hawthorne Street and Cherry Street, where he hid behind a truck. They tased him and wrestled him to the ground because he allegedly continued to reach into his waistband and refused to follow commands, according to Gingrich.

At that point, Gingrich said Purvis allegedly began making incoherent statements and drifted in and out of consciousness, at which point officers allegedly rolled him onto his side and gave him medical attention.

At UPMC Susquehanna, Purvis’ attitude allegedly cycled from incoherent, to cooperative, to aggressive and back to incoherent, according to Gingrich. After an hour had passed, Gingrich said Purvis allegedly remained aggressive with medical staff.

Purvis’ girlfriend arrived at UPMC Susquehanna as well, and allegedly told officers Purvis became agitated and began punching her in the face and mouth. She allegedly said Purvis took K2 earlier in the day and believed that was the cause of his aggression.

According to Gingrich, Purvis had allegedly been driving with a suspended license.

District Judge Aaron Biichle arraigned Purvis on charges of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, accidents involving death or personal injury, fleeing or attempting to elude police, accidents involving death or personal injury while not licensed, accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, simple assault, DUI, driving while operating privilege is suspended, reckless driving, accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property, duty to give information and render aid, duties at stop signs and driving vehicle at a safe speed.

Biichle set bail to $125,000, and unable to post, Purvis will remain in the Lycoming County Prison until his preliminary hearing before Biichle Feb. 4.

City man charged for alleged disorderly conduct with crowbar

Brandon Hipple, 28, of 1017 Baldwin St., is charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly waving a crowbar at a nearby vehicle the afternoon of Jan. 27. Hipple’s neighbor allegedly saw him yelling at a male in a parked vehicle, before Hipple allegedly went into his house and retrieved a crowbar. District Judge Aaron Biichle sent Hipple a summons, and after a hearing, set bail to $7,500. Unable to post, Hipple remains in the Lycoming County Prison.

Harrisburg man charged with DUI, possession

Justin Faltz, 33, of Harrisburg, allegedly drove under the influence of marijuana with a suspended license back in November of 2020, according to city police.

When Brett Garbrick, a city police officer, pulled Faltz over Nov. 2, he allegedly smelled a strong scent of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Faltz later allegedly admitted to having marijuana in the car and handed Garbrick one small pouch as he exited the vehicle. Garbrick allegedly found nine more pouches of marijuana on Faltz when he searched him.

District Judge Aaron Biichle sent Faltz a summons to answer for charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle with a suspended registration and driving a vehicle while his license was suspended.

South Williamsport woman arraigned on DUI charges

April Huffman, 50, of 6 West Southern Avenue, allegedly failed to signal a left turn within adequate distance leading to her being pulled over and charged with DUI Sept. 18 of 2020, according to city police. District Judge Aaron Biichle sent Huffman a summons to answer to charges of DUI and failing to use her turn signals.

Roaring Branch woman sent summons on drug charges

Sherry Flexer, 41, of Roaring Branch, allegedly had heroin and methamphetamine in her Nissan Sentra when city police searched in Oct. 1 of 2020.

Brian McGee, a city police sergeant, said he allegedly saw Flexer and a friend behaving suspiciously, and decided to look around the car they left. He allegedly found white waxen paper on the ground outside the car.

“I recognized this to be common packaging for heroin,” McGee said.

McGee then brought K9 Niko, a police dog he said was proficient in detecting narcotic odors, to sniff over the vehicle. Niko allegedly positively alerted him to the presence of narcotics.

McGee searched the vehicle and allegedly found a purse containing paraphernalia used to ingest controlled substances and four glassine baggies containing a “crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine.”

District Judge Aaron Biichle sent Flexer a summons for charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegally operating a motor vehicle not equipped with an ignition lock and driving while operating privilege is suspended.


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