Police Chase Stretches Through Five Communities in Luzerne County

SWOYERSVILLE, Pa. - A wild police chase early Wednesday morning ended when the driver finally crashed into the police officer's patrol car.

That Kingston Police officer was not hurt in the crash but it did wreck part of his patrol car. Police said the chase wasn't over after the wreck.

The chase led officers through much of the Wyoming Valley. It ended when the driver, Dario Collado of Wilkes-Barre, collided with a Kingston patrol car.

Jennifer Zupa watched it all from her window.

"The officers around here are great. We have a really tight-knit family, I guess you want to say, in Forty-Fort so for something to happen like that to one of our's it's really disturbing," Zupa said.

The chase started along Grove Street in Pringle. Police said Colado was driving with a suspended license and the wrong license plate on his vehicle. After he was pulled over, he sped off. Police said Collado drove from Pringle into Forty Fort, Kingston, Wilkes-Barre, and Swoyersville. He took the Cross Valley Expressway three times to get away. The chase ended in Swoyersville near the Forty Fort line along Slocum Street.

"We looked out the other bedroom window and we could see flashing lights and about five cruisers down that way," Fred Wesley of Swoyersville said. "There were policemen walking around the neighborhood."

Police said Colado and a passenger in the car tried to then run off on foot. Colado was arrested. The passenger got away.

"They were here for about two hours looking," Wesley said.

Colado was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, fleeing and eluding, and recklessly endangering another person.  His bail was set at $15,000. Officers are still looking for the passenger in the car.


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