A Lehigh County man led Jim Thorpe police on a foot chase through yards in Jim Thorpe Sunday afternoon.
David Alan Poniktera, 21, of 515 N. Clewell St., Fountain Hill, was nabbed after police received a report of an erratic driver.
After being approached by police, he gave a false name to the officers and then ran off, jumping over a fence in a yard on West Sixth Street, and then tripping, before police were able to arrest him, according to the affidavit.
Besides facing motor vehicle violations, he also faces drug counts and other criminal charges.
The most serious charge is a felony, manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, specifically heroin.
Other charges are unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, escape, resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct, driving while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, careless driving, driving without a license, and false identification to law enforcement authorities.
The arresting officer was patrolman Eric Schrantz of the Jim Thorpe Police Department.
Also responding to the scene were other officers from the Jim Thorpe department as well as police from Mahoning Township, Summit Hill, Lansford and Nesquehoning.
Poniktera injured his knee when he fell while fleeing, police said.
He was transported to the Gnaden Huetten campus of Blue Mountain Health System in Lehighton.
Police said Poniktera declined to give his proper name and refused to allow for a blood test at the hospital.
He was then transported to the Lehighton barracks of the state police, where police ran a scan to identify him.
Poniktera told police he ran because he doesn't have a valid driver's license and he was going to get a DUI.
The incident began at 3:39 p.m. when Schrantz received a report of an erratic driver in a gold Chrysler Concorde on Route 903, coming across the bridge and into the East Side of the borough.
The initial call to police said it appeared as if the operator of the vehicle had fallen asleep while at the light at the bridge. About two minutes later, someone called police to say the Concorde was in front of Bob's Market on West Sixth Street.
The Jim Thorpe officer said the car began pulling out from a parking spot, then reversing back into the parking spot.
Schrantz activated his overhead lights and Poniktera got out of the vehicle.
The affidavit says Poniktera was staggering and acted as if he didn't understand Schrantz's commands.
Schrantz managed to get Poniktera into his car, but then he jumped over the seats, got out of car and ran away.
Poniktera ran through a yard, jumped over a fence, and then fell.
As Schrantz tried to arrest Poniktera, he resisted by flailing his arms and legs and trying to roll over, according to court papers.
When police inspected the car, they found 30 bags of suspected heroin and 14 empty bags containing a white, powdery substance. Police said they also found drug paraphernalia, a half-burnt cigar blunt, clear empty bags with powdery residue and a half of a plastic pen casing with white powdery substance on the inside.
According to police, the white substance was tested and determined to be heroin.
Poniktera was arraigned this morning before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.
He was placed in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 bail.