Wild Ride for Goats, Sheep During Police Chase in Northumberland County

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY -- It all started this morning when someone went to police to report a truck filled with goats and sheep was on their suburban street.  When police went to check it out, the owner of the truck and another man sped off, with the 31 farm animals.

The Pennsylvania SPCA spent most of the day unloading these goats and sheep from this truck, onto these vehicles.  The animals had a wild ride after their owner and another man drove them about 34 miles at high speeds through lower Northumberland County.

“I feel really bad because they look really hurt,” Kaitlyn Long said.

According to police, the truck filled with 31 farm animals was parked on Melrose Street near Kulpmont,  which is a residential area.  The animals were making a lot of noise so someone went to police.  When Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush arrived, two men got in the vehicle and sped off.

"I proceeded to turn around and go after the vehicle and in doing so they failed to yield and started passing vehicles in no passing zones, went through red lights,” Chief Brian Hollenbush said.

The men led police on a 34 mile chase into the Herndon area.  Spike strips were put down, and the men were taken into custody.  It happened outside Kaitlyn Long's house.

"All I heard was the sirens and I got up and I saw the guy being tased and I was like oh no and he was standing in the water,” Long said.

The two men are 36-year-old Jarrett Castelonia of Danville and 25-year-old Peter Binster.  They face more than 80 charges including aggravated assault and animal cruelty.  Chief Hollenbush says Castelonia owned the vehicle and the animals, so he does not know why the men ran.

“Don't know.  I mean his license is suspended, but his purpose for running, I have no idea,” Hollenbush said.

Again, there were 31 goats and sheep, but some of them died during the chase.  The SPCA took the animals into custody.  The suspects are both in jail and investigators say this is one of the most unusual chases they've ever been on.

17 comments

  • Hahn316

    The director of parks in frackville might have good use for those goats. They can cut the football field grass and then maybe a petting zoo in the playground

  • Scooter

    When do the Red Tornadoes play North Scuylkill this year? I need to plan my vacation now. This is always the biggest night of the year/favorite night of our lives for this area!

    • LONGGREYSOCKS

      Not mine mines the block party up in Englewood. Great bands and good looking folks and dancing that knocks your socks off.

    • Beatreader

      I love the Memorial Day parade in Frackville. Sliding on my American Legion hat and roaming the streets with a bunch of people holding flags. Then After, maybe meet a girl on West Frack street. Thats heavenly.

  • COACHO

    This is a real good area. I am thinking of moving there and coaching high school football now they have 6 classifications for a declining state population, we might got a chance again. Buying a row home asap in Atlas and applying to a local distribution center today to get this dream started!

    • NSFAN1989

      I think its more of a Girardville or Shenandoah look maybe even down the foot aka gilberton. or you could go the mahanoy city route.

  • Scudder

    There would be at least 8 street roamers following them with nasty intentions if they made it to frackville.

  • MMMM

    Melrose St. near Kulpmont! Why can’t these reporters say exactlly where???? It’s Melrose St. in Marion Heights!!!!!!!!!!!! Why must they always say near here, near there? Say the actual city already!

    • NSFAN1989

      That one gentleman’s mugshot had bathsalts written all over him. He kind of looks like he may be from Brock st in ashland.

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