Last updated: January 28. 2014 12:33PM - 1265 Views
STEVE MOCARKSY smocarsky@civitasmedia.com

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Police say a Kingston man was run off the road and his car heavily damaged by his girlfriend’s husband after a car chase from the girlfriend’s house through two counties.

Anthony Turco, 34, dropped off his girlfriend at her residence on Cherry Hill Road in Newton Township, on the afternoon of Jan. 12, state police in Dunmore reported.

Scott Baker, 37, of Schwenksville, witnessed this and, upset at seeing his wife with Turco, began to chase Turco from the residence, police said.

The two men took off in their vehicles, with Baker chasing Turco south on Cherry Hill Road, continuing south on Lower Narrows Road, entering Ransom Township and then entering Duryea in Luzerne County, where Baker used his vehicle to ram Turco’s, police said.

Both vehicles stopped and Baker got out and approached Turco’s vehicle with an object in his hands, police said.

Turco was able to get his vehicle restarted and sped away, driving north and re-entering Lackawanna County with Baker in pursuit. Baker struck Turco’s vehicle again, this time forcing it into a rock embankment, where it became disabled, police said.

Baker exited his vehicle, approached Turco’s vehicle with an object in his hands and struck Turco’s vehicle, smashing the windshield and damaging the hood. Baker then returned to his vehicle and fled south, police said.

Turco’s vehicle sustained in excess of $3,200 damage.

Baker was charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and multiple vehicle code violations, police said.

The charges were filed with District Judge Watson Dayton in South Abington Township. Summons were issued via certified mail for Baker to appear at a preliminary hearing before Dayton at 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 26.

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