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WILKES-BARRE — A city man has pleaded guilty in connection with a 2012 hostage situation that led to a car chase along Interstate 81 in Moosic and Avoca.

Alexis Nunez, 41, appeared before Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas on Monday to admit to assault, weapons, fleeing and reckless driving charges, according to court documents.

Police were called to Sheridan Street on Nov. 4, 2012 for a report of a man holding a woman hostage inside a Dodge Caravan.

According to an affidavit, Nunez got out of the vehicle and was ordered by police to stop. He then ran to the vehicle and sped off, attempting to ram a police cruise. Nunez drove onto Interstate 81 North with a woman, who appeared distraught, in the passenger seat. The wild ride saw him cross the median several times, twice driving in the wrong direction, police said.

He was apprehended after state police deployed a spike strip near the Dupont exit that punctured the front tires of the vehicle. A loaded shotgun was found between the front seats of the vehicle, police said, and the woman was recovered unharmed.

Sentencing is set for March 3.

WILKES-BARRE — An inmate who escaped from a Luzerne County work-release program last summer pleaded guilty to his flight Monday before Judge David W. Lupas.

Richard Bonney Jr., 35, admitted to one misdemeanor count of escape.

Bonney, who was serving time for theft, was allowed out at 6:45 a.m. on July 18 to go to work in Hazleton, with his wife driving him there, court papers say.

Bonney did not return for his 6 p.m. curfew, and was captured by police a few days later.

Sentencing is set for March 17.

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