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Drug suspect arrested after car and foot chase

South Scranton was recently the scene of a wild car and foot chase involving a suspected drug dealer who was ultimately arrested by police. The man was wanted for violation of parole involving other criminal charges, and police had been conducting surveillance of his activities when they saw him allegedly engaging in the sale of cocaine.

When detectives moved in to make the arrest, the suspect jumped into his car and began speeding through the streets of South Scranton. He ignored numerous traffic signs and police vehicles with sirens and flashing lights. The suspect finally lost control of his car and crashed into a telephone pole. The impact caused his car to careen into the side of a garage before coming to rest against an embankment.

The man then attempted to flee on foot, jumping over fences and running through residential yards. When detectives finally caught up to the man, he refused an order to lie on the ground, and the detectives used stun guns to subdue and arrest him. After the arrest, detectives re-traced the route of the foot chase and found 5 grams of marijuana, 4 grams of cocaine and $1,521 in cash. The man is in Lackawanna County Prison facing charges of fleeing a police officer, causing an accident, reckless driving, careless driving and possession of marijuana.

The defendant in this case is facing a number of serious criminal charges, including, presumably, violation of the conditions of his parole. He is, of course, entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until he is proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but anyone in a similar situation may wish to consult an experienced criminal attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a helpful estimate of the evidence in the case, potential defense tactics and an estimate of the chances of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.

Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, "Accused drug dealer arrested after chase through Scranton," Joseph Kohut, April 22, 2016

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