Police: Motorcyclist wrong way on I-81 during pursuit

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

PITTSTON TWP. — A Kingston man being chased by police crossed the median and drove the wrong way on Interstate 81, nearly causing several accidents Wednesday, according to charges.

State police arrested Willard Fassett, 37, of West Bennett Street, when he turned into 84 Lumber on Route 315 and toward the closed Walmart building on Oak Street, ending up on a dead-end road.

According to a criminal complaint:

Fassett was operating a motorcycle involved in a pursuit in Wilkes-Barre that continued north on Interstate 81. Police were pursuing Fassett for an incident that occurred on Blackman Street.

A trooper monitoring traffic in a construction zone spotted Fassett, who crossed the median and continued to travel north in the southbound lanes toward oncoming traffic on I-81.

Another trooper traveling south on I-81 was nearly struck by Fassett. The trooper turned around and pursued Fassett going the wrong way on the interstate.

As Fassett continued traveling the wrong way, he nearly caused several accidents involving oncoming motorists.

Fassett exited I-81 on an entrance ramp at Mile Marker 175 and turned onto Route 315.

Fassett turned into 84 Lumber and toward the closed Walmart where he encountered a dead-end.

The motorcycle he was riding had a stolen plate attached.

Fassett was arraigned Thursday by District Judge Richard Cronauer in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of fleeing or eluding police, reckless endangering another person, receiving stolen property and three traffic citations. He was released on $7,500 unsecured bail, court records say.


By Ed Lewis

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