Wanted man caught after chase through four municipalities.

Last updated: April 01. 2013 11:32PM - 2290 Views
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WILKES-BARRE - A two-year-old assault case rekindled after Sugar Notch police arrested Andrew Dunn after a car chase last month.

Dunn, 27, of Wilson Street, Larksville, was arraigned Monday on charges he assaulted his ex-girlfriend, Angie Atkinson, inside her Wilkes-Barre home on April 21, 2011.

The assault case filed by city police on April 28, 2011, stalled for two years when Dunn could not be found to sign for the criminal complaint and notice to appear for a preliminary hearing. City police filed two counts of simple assault and harassment against Dunn with the court papers being mailed to him first-class by District Judge Rick Cronauer’s office.

Dunn’s assault case was renewed when Sugar Notch police arrested him on March 23 after a pursuit through four municipalities that involved a crash with a police cruiser.

Sugar Notch police allege Dunn was traveling in excess of 85 mph in a 25-mph zone on Main Street.

Dunn turned onto Interstate 81 and exited in Wilkes-Barre Township traveling on Nicholson, Blackman, Charles, Grove, Hickory, Brown and Parrish streets and Wilkes-Barre Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre, according to the criminal complaint.

Sugar Notch police said Dunn sped through a funeral home’s parking lot and crashed into a Wilkes-Barre Township police cruiser when he turned from Blackman Street onto Brown Street.

Dunn turned onto Hazle Avenue and crashed into a fence at West Liberty Street in Hanover Township. Police allege he was intoxicated, and he was taken for a blood test.

He was charged with driving under the influence, fleeing or attempting to elude police, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and several traffic violations. A preliminary hearing is scheduled today before District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township.

Dunn was released March 27 when he posted $10,000 bail.

City police allege that in 2011 Dunn followed Atkinson home from a bar and entered her apartment, where he punched her and repeatedly slammed her head against a wall and mirror, according to the criminal complaint.

Dunn ran out of a back door to escape capture, the complaint says.

Dunn was arraigned by Cronauer on Monday and released on $2,500 unsecured bail. The preliminary hearing on the assault charges is set for April 16.

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