W-B pursuit ends with crash into house

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a West Hazleton man hiding behind a shower curtain inside an occupied house he crashed into during a pursuit early Monday morning, according to court records.

Larry Hayes, 30, allegedly struggled with officers when he was found standing in a tub at 131 Blackman St. just after 2 a.m.

Police allege Hayes, operating a Buick, failed to stop for several traffic violations in the area of Hazle and Lehigh streets, initiating a pursuit that ended with the crash into the house.

Police said three children and two adults were sleeping in the house at the time of the crash. They were not injured.

According to the criminal complaint:

An officer spotted a Buick with dark tinted windows on Hazle Street that turned onto Grove Street where the driver, identified as Hayes, failed to stay in its lane of travel.

The officer followed Hayes who swerved on Grove Street and turned onto Moyallen Street where he stopped.

As the officer was checking the vehicle’s license plate, Hayes sped away turning onto Farley Lane and McGarragher Street, and again on Grove Street where he crashed into a fence. Hayes continued to drive turning onto Dana, Stanton and High streets, the complaint says.

Police allege Hayes approached the intersection of Blackman Street where he did not slow down and crashed into the house.

Hayes exited the vehicle and was allegedly seen by police running into the house.

An occupant of the house exited the rear door and told police his three children, 14, 8 and 3, were sleeping in bedrooms on the second floor. Two of the children were in a bedroom above where Hayes crashed into the house, the complaint says.

Police noticed blood spatter on the first floor in the kitchen and on a tub in a second floor bathroom.

Hayes was allegedly found behind a closed shower curtain. He was arrested after a struggle with officers.

Police said Hayes was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital where he submitted to a blood alcohol test.

An inspection by the city code enforcement office determined the house as unsafe due to damage.

Hayes, of Allen Street, was arraigned by District Judge Richard Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre on five counts of recklessly endangering another person, and one count each of burglary, criminal trespass, fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, flight to avoid apprehension, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, recklessly driving and eight traffic violations. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.


By Ed Lewis

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