WILKES-BARRE – Police used a Taser to subdue a man who ran after he was thrown from a car that crashed on South Pennsylvania Avenue during a pursuit late Saturday night.
James E. Rogers, 24, of Wilkes-Barre and Franklin City, Va., was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash. A hospital spokesman said he could not provide a status report for Rogers on Sunday night.
Police said Rogers was arraigned at the hospital on charges of driving under the influence, fleeing, a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of cocaine, resisting arrest and being a fugitive from justice.
According to police: Officers were dispatched to a reported hit-and-run on North Pennsylvania Avenue around 10:25 p.m. They spotted a red Chevrolet suspected in the hit-and-run and stopped it. During the stop the car sped away and the officers pursued it traveling south on the avenue. It ran red lights at more than one intersection before it crashed behind the Builders Supply store just past the intersection of South Pennsylvania Avenue and Dana Street. Rogers was thrown from the car and landed in the roadway. He ran but was stopped when police fired a Taser at him. He had live ammunition, a small amount of currency and suspected cocaine on him. Police recovered a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson firearm in the area where Rogers landed on the roadway.
Police said Rogers also was wanted in Franklin City for felony violations.
PLAINS TWP. – Tina Perry told police she parked her car in the lot at Danko's Fitness Center on River Street at 5:40 p.m. Thursday and returned an hour later to find a window smashed and her purse missing.