Tunkhannock man wanted after pursuit, endangering child passenger

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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TUNKHANNOCK TWP. — An arrest warrant was issued for a 31-year-old Tunkhannock man alleging he initiated a pursuit with state police endangering a 7-year-old child in his vehicle on Sunday.

State police said Joshua James Crawford fled a Pontiac Trans Am and managed to elude capture in a wooded area at about 2:15 p.m.

According to a news release, state police said the pursuit initiated when Crawford was spotted driving the Pontiac in the area of Stoney Mountain Road and state Route 29. State police knew Crawford’s driving privileges were suspended due to a prior drunken driving offense.

Crawford failed to stop resulting in a pursuit on various roadways in Wyoming County. A trooper managed to pull along side of Crawford yelling at him to stop.

Crawford slowed allowing the trooper to observe a girl in the rear passenger seat.

State police allege Crawford slowed to a near stop and jumped out of the Pontiac without placing the vehicle in park. A trooper put the Pontiac in park and chased after Crawford who was able to escape by running into a wooded area, state police said.

An adult passenger in the vehicle, Nicole Lee Sands, 30, of Tunkhannock, was charged with endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person by allowing the child to to be driven in a vehicle without a child car seat and by someone who was not permitted to operate a vehicle, state police said.

A warrant issued Sunday charges Crawford with fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person, driving with a suspended license and eight traffic citations.

State police said the child was transferred to a family member.

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By Ed Lewis

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