Motorcyclist arrested after several-mile pursuit in Back Mountain

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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KINGSTON TWP. — A Hanover Township man was arraigned Friday on charges he initiated a pursuit that ended at gunpoint.

Kingston Township police allege Anthony William Jones, 22, of Oxford Street, was operating a Suzuki motorcycle when he failed to stop after illegally passing stopped vehicles on the Dallas Memorial Highway just before 6 p.m. Thursday.

Jones initiated a pursuit on the usually congested highway and through a construction zone until he stopped when a Harveys Lake officer drew his service revolver near Briarcrest Road, authorities say.

Police said they found a bag of marijuana in a saddle bag attached to Jones’ motorcycle.

According to a criminal complaint:

Two township officers were stopped for a red traffic signal at East Center Street when they spotted a motorcyclist passing in between other stopped vehicles.

As the officer initiated a traffic stop, Jones accelerated at a high rate of speed passing in between vehicles and along the berm of the highway.

Jones drove against oncoming traffic in the construction zone for the round-about in Dallas and continued toward Harveys Lake.

An officer eventually got alongside Jones, who drove on the berm and grass area to pass a vehicle in the area of Elmcrest Drive.

A Harveys Lake officer blocking oncoming traffic drew his weapon as Jones slowed and finally stopped his motorcycle.

Jones was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township on two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude police, and one count each of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and numerous traffic violations.

He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

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By Ed Lewis

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