WILKES-BARRE — A reckless ATV driver was stunned with a Taser when he drove toward a police officer on North Meade Street, according to charges filed.
Police arrested Ibrahim Sharif, 19, of Selinsgrove, on charges he was driving the ATV recklessly on several streets and yards in the Heights section of the city Tuesday night.
After being Tasered, Sharif tried several times to escape before he was handcuffed, police said.
Sharif was arraigned Wednesday by District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, receiving stolen property, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving with a suspended license, driving without a license, trespass by vehicle, speeding, driving on sidewalk and multiple vehicle violations.
He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.
According to the criminal complaint:
Police received several complaints from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. of a man driving an ATV on North Meade Street and sidewalks. It wasn’t until 9:11 p.m. that police spotted the ATV traveling the wrong direction on South Sherman Street near East Northampton Street.
The ATV’s driver, Sharif, failed to stop, which started a pursuit in which Sharif he drove across East Northampton Street and in-between two homes.
Police allege Sharif drove across Wilkes-Barre Area School District’s property at the Heights-Murray Elementary School, drove onto Amber Lane and North Hancock Street to Coal Street and Walters Way at a high rate of speed, and failed to stop for a red traffic signal at Coal and North Empire streets.
Sharif returned to North Meade Street and drove the ATV toward an officer, who used his Taser, stunning Sharif, the complaint says. Sharif then “veered sharply” and crashed into a fence.
Police said the ATV’s ignition was punched out and its serial number was altered.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Feb. 13.