HAZLETON — City police arrested a man for allegedly smashing a car windshield with a cinder block and a baseball bat Sunday.
According to a criminal complaint:
Officers responded to gunfire in the 700 block of West Fourth Street at about 9:40 p.m. Police were not able to find evidence of gunshots but learned two men damaged a vehicle.
One of them fled the area on foot going toward Diamond Avenue.
A witness who was sitting on his porch saw the male, later identified as Land Douglas Hicks, flee the scene. The witness followed Hicks in his vehicle while staying on the phone with a 9-1-1 dispatcher, alerting officers of his location.
Officers found Hicks being restrained by a family member in the area of Church and Magnolia streets.
Hicks refused commands to show his hands as he appeared to reach toward the front of his waist band. Hicks had to be forcibly placed in handcuffs.
Hicks was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton after he complained of pain in his right leg and foot as a result of being struck by a vehicle, Police Chief Jerry Speziale stated.
It was later learned that no shots had been fired and the noise people heard was the cinder block striking the vehicle, the complaint states.
Hicks, 39, of Hazleton, was arraigned Monday by District Judge Thomas Malloy in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of resisting arrest and criminal mischief.
He was released on $20,000 unsecured bail.
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