Police Chase Ends with Two Men in Custody

KINGSTON -- Police have two men in custody in Luzerne County after officers say they led police on a chase that started in Wilkes-Barre and ended on the west side.

That low-speed chase ended on Wyoming Avenue and Northampton Street in Kingston, which was partially closed until nearly noon.

The chase started in Wilkes-Barre.


Tire marks on the sidewalk along Market Street in Kingston show just part of the wild police chase that began in Wilkes-Barre.

Police say a driver fleeing police first crashed into a BMW near Wyoming Valley Motors. The BMW's driver was just coming back from a test drive.

About a dozen men were working at a construction site nearby when they heard the crash.

"It was crazy. It was mayhem. There was two police officers right behind him," said Joe Shonk.

"I heard the screeching tires. You can see the liquid on the ground," said another worker.

"I thought he was going to come right through the barricade. I don't know how he fit in between the fence and in the tree."

But the driver kept on going, traveling through Kingston Corners and turning onto Wyoming Avenue. That's when police cruisers were able to get around him, boxing him in. Then, police say the driver crashed into the police car in front of him.

"He decided he was going to try to escape by smashing into a Wilkes-Barre cruiser to get away, and we were able to contain him at his intersection," explained Kingston Police Sgt. Sam Blaski.

Police placed the driver and a passenger into custody, thinking drugs may be involved. Authorities say the passenger was still shooting up when they apprehended him.

No one was injured.

One of the men taken into custody told Newswatch 16 he didn't do anything; that he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Both men are expected to face fleeing police, reckless endangerment, and drug charges.


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