LARKSVILLE — Police are looking for one of two men they say were seen dumping old tires on the side of a road.
Borough police were contacted Tuesday afternoon by residents who said they witnessed two men in a black Ford F-150 pickup dumping old car tires on Steele Road.
One of the witnesses watched as a male, later identified as James Stephen Mizenko, threw the tires from the back of the truck. When Mizenko saw a witness coming toward him, he jumped in the truck and both fled at a high rate of speed, police said.
The witness photographed the truck as it fled and told police that the truck nearly struck another vehicle as it drove away.
With the license plate number provided by the witness, Larksville police were able to make contact with the registered owner, Mitchell L. Bailey, of Blair Street in Plymouth. Police said Bailey admitted to driving the truck as a favor to Mizenko.
Bailey turned himself in the following morning and provided a written statement in which he described how Mizenko was contracted by a local car dealership to remove tires for proper disposal. Bailey told police he and Mizenko picked the tires up at the dealership in Kingston, then drove them to Steele Road in Larksville, where they dumped the tires.
After further investigation, Bailey’s information was confirmed by the service manager at the car dealership. The service manager also provided a receipt for the transaction to have the tires properly disposed of by Mizenko, police said.
The service manager told police that Mizenko had been providing this service as an agent for a local used tire dealer for some time.
After Bailey completed his statement, he accompanied an officer to the dump site and removed all of the tires. Bailey was released pending his preliminary hearing.
Both men were charged with summary offenses of scattering rubbish and depositing waste and other materials on a highway, property or waters.
Bailey also was charged with reckless driving.
Mizenko also was charged with a misdemeanor count of scattering rubbish.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Mezinko, and he is currently wanted by Larksville police. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Larksville police at 570-714-9847.