Police: Fleeing cocaine suspect smashes into WB Township cruiser

By Times Leader Staff
This is the Wilkes-Barre Township cruiser that police say was rammed Wednesday night by fleeing cocaine suspect Clyde Joye Randle while he tried to escape the parking lot of the Econo Lodge. Damage can be seen to a front driver’s-side light and the front bumper. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader This is the Wilkes-Barre Township cruiser that police say was rammed Wednesday night by fleeing cocaine suspect Clyde Joye Randle while he tried to escape the parking lot of the Econo Lodge. Damage can be seen to a front driver’s-side light and the front bumper. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Randle Courtesy of Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department Randle - Courtesy of Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A drug suspect smashed into a township police vehicle Wednesday night after officers raided his motel room and found approximately $11,000 of cocaine, authorities reported.

Clyde Joye Randle, 43, of Carey Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, was later denied bail because he is believed to be “a flight risk and a danger to society,” according to court records. He was locked up at the county jail.

Randle was not present when police and a K9 dog executed a search warrant at 4:50 p.m. at his room at the Econo Lodge that sits behind Perkins restaurant on Route 309.

During the search, officers said they found about 119 grams of cocaine, which is slightly more than a quarter of a pound, plus some marijuana in a backpack. Police also said they found a pay stub for Randle inside the backpack.

A criminal complaint picks up the story from there:

Randle returned to the motel around 7:51 p.m. as police continued their surveillance of the area.

When Randle saw officers approach with flashing lights and sirens activated on their vehicles, he “put his vehicle in reverse and accelerated rapidly.” Randle, who was driving an Acura, then put the vehicle into drive and accelerated,“striking Sgt. Mark Phillips’ police cruiser with enough force to lift the passenger’s side of the defendant’s vehicle off of the pavement and deflect it off of a marked police vehicle.”

Boxed in by other officers as he kept trying to flee the motel’s parking lot, Randle crashed into a snow bank, abandoned his vehicle, then took off on foot toward the nearby Interstate 81 exit ramp. He was nabbed after a brief foot chase and arraigned on multiple charges Wednesday.

Sgt. Phillips, meanwhile, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Police said Thursday that he had been discharged from Geisinger and was back home. However, Phillips is expected to be off duty for a period of time.

Randle faces a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver, plus related misdemeanor drug charges. He also faces a felony charge of aggravated assault and misdemeanors for simple assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively set for 11 a.m. Feb. 21.

This is the Wilkes-Barre Township cruiser that police say was rammed Wednesday night by fleeing cocaine suspect Clyde Joye Randle while he tried to escape the parking lot of the Econo Lodge. Damage can be seen to a front driver’s-side light and the front bumper.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/web1_B608F173-CBB9-4C19-B100-8E1BC2E80834_ne201921417952124.jpegThis is the Wilkes-Barre Township cruiser that police say was rammed Wednesday night by fleeing cocaine suspect Clyde Joye Randle while he tried to escape the parking lot of the Econo Lodge. Damage can be seen to a front driver’s-side light and the front bumper. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

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https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/web1_WBTwpSuspect.cropped-2.jpgRandle Courtesy of Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department
Officer taken to hospital by ambulance

By Times Leader Staff