Police: Intoxicated Avoca woman crashes into community center during pursuit

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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AVOCA — A pursuit ended in a crash and DUI arrest in the 800 block of Main Street here late Tuesday, police say.

Borough officers said they attempted to stop Shealla Gordon, 31, for driving 56 mph in a 25-mph zone at about 9:10 p.m.

Police allege Gordon failed to stop and initiated a pursuit that ended with her crashing into the Avoca Community Center and a concrete bench.

Gordon displayed signs of intoxication, police allege, and was taken to a hospital for a blood test.

According to a criminal complaint:

Police spotted a vehicle speeding on Main Street that was clocked at 56 mph.

When an officer activated his cruiser’s lights and siren, Gordon turned off her vehicle’s headlights and drove into oncoming lane of traffic to pass other vehicles to avoid detection.

Gordon tried to turn onto Hawthorne Street but failed to slow down, causing her vehicle to crash into the community center.

She attempted to drive away after the crash but her vehicle became disabled due to severe damage.

Gordon told police she was trying to make it home to meet people.

As she was being evaluated by emergency medical technicians, she swayed side to side.

Gordon submitted to a breath test that tested positive for alcohol.

She also claimed she smoked half of a marijuana cigarette prior to driving.

The suspect later submitted to a blood test at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Gordon, of Main Street, Avoca, was arraigned Wednesday by District Judge Joseph Spagnuolo Jr. in Luzerne County Central Court on three counts of DUI, two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude police, a single count of reckless endangerment and several traffic violations. She was jailed for lack of $2,500 bail.

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By Ed Lewis

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