WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A Pittston man was arraigned Wednesday on charges he initiated a pursuit with township police last summer.
Police allege Jeremy Olivencia Sterling, 21, of Tompkins Street, operating a 1994 Geo Tracker, failed to stop when he was spotted doing burnouts and traveling at a high rate of speed through the Blackman Plaza parking lot about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 13.
Police said Sterling nearly struck a group of people that had gathered in the McDonald’s parking lot.
Sterling pulled onto Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard and turned onto Highland Park Boulevard while being pursued, according to a criminal complaint.
Police allege Sterling traveled north on Interstate 81, weaving through traffic when the pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns. Sterling had the vehicle’s headlights turned off during the pursuit, authorities say.
An arrest warrant was issued for Sterling on Nov. 9, charging him with fleeing or attempting to elude police and seven traffic citations. Sterling was arraigned by District Judge Thomas Malloy in Luzerne County Central Court and released on $15,000 unsecured bail.