Nanticoke resident James Hughes, 24, charged with drunken driving.

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HANOVER TWP. — Township police earlier this week filed drunken-driving charges against a Nanticoke man after an alleged crash and a foot chase in February.

Police allege James Hughes, 24, attempted to hide in the woods on Feb. 26 near the site where he crashed into the rear of a Toyota driven by Theresa Morgan, of Nanticoke, on an exit ramp from state Route 29 to the Sans Souci Parkway. A passerby helped police to locate Hughes hiding in the woods, police said.

Morgan was not injured in the crash.

Hughes was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township for minor injuries and for a blood test.

Police on Monday filed three counts of driving under the influence, two counts of accidents involving injury and one count each of accidents causing damage to vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, speeding and driving without a license.

The charges against Hughes were filed with District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township; they were mailed to Hughes. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 30.

After Hughes was apprehended, police say they learned he was wanted by the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department on an arrest warrant issued by Senior Judge Joseph Augello on Nov. 2. The arrest warrant was issued when Hughes failed to appear for a hearing on allegations he violated probation on two unrelated cases, police said.

Court records indicate Hughes was sentenced on Feb. 7, 2011, to three years probation for the following offenses:

• Oct. 23, 2009: Hanover Township police detained Hughes while investigating a suspicious person slashing a car’s soft top and damaging a basement window on Oaklawn Avenue. A paramedic was summoned to treat Hughes for a head injury. Hughes shoved and kicked the paramedic.

• May 7, 2010: Wilkes-Barre police during a traffic stop at Carey Avenue and New Alexander Street found heroin on the passenger side floor where Hughes had been sitting. Seven heroin packets were found in Hughes’ groin area.

Augello resentenced Hughes on March 11 to 30 days house arrest with electronic monitoring, according to court records.

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