Scranton man charged in pursuit through Wilkes-Barre, Hanover Township

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

HANOVER TWP. — A Scranton man was arraigned Friday on charges he initiated a high-speed pursuit that began in Wilkes-Barre and ended when he abandoned the vehicle on a dirt road in Hanover Township.

State police allege Khalil Churief Roman Owens, 25, drove at speeds in excess of 100 mph on the Sans Souci Parkway early Sept. 15.

According to a criminal complaint:

A trooper traveling on Carey Avenue spotted a Nissan Maxima driving without lights just before 12:30 a.m.

When the trooper activated his cruiser’s lights, the driver of the Nissan, identified as Owens, failed to stop and accelerated.

Owens turned onto New Alexander Street and Old River Road where his vehicle jumped the curb and continued on the sidewalk for about 200 feet before he returned to the road, reaching speeds of 75 mph in a 35-mph zone.

Owens continued on Old River Road that turns into Carey Avenue at Dagobert Street where he passed through a red traffic signal.

Police said Owens then turned into the oncoming lane of traffic to pass a vehicle on Carey Avenue.

Owens drove into Hanover Township reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph on the Sans Souci Parkway.

He continued for several miles on the parkway where he made a U-turn near the Sans Souci Brick and Stone Yard.

Owens then turned onto Saint Marys Road and pulled onto a dirt road where he abandoned the Nissan.

Police allegedly found a small bag of suspected marijuana in the vehicle.

Owens was arraigned by District Judge Thomas Malloy in Wilkes-Barre on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude police, recklessly endangering another person, driving with a suspended license, possession of a small amount of marijuana and 15 traffic violations. He was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

By Ed Lewis

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