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High-speed chase suspect arraigned

Published August 10. 2011 05:01PM

A Hazleton man who led Mahoning Township police on a high-speed chase after he allegedly stole a laptop computer from the Wal-Mart Supercenter has been arraigned and jailed under $50,000 percentage bail, Chief Kenneth Barnes wrote in a news release late Tuesday.

Robert E. Stalter, Jr. had been admitted to Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, after he ran out of gas on Lieninger Road. Police used a Taser to subdue Stalter, whom they believe was on crack cocaine.

He was released from Lehighton Hospital at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday and arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe. Stalter is currently housed in Carbon County Correctional Facility.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled before Lewis at 2:15 p.m. Aug. 17.

Stalter allegedly took the laptop at 8:53 p.m. Monday. Store security chased him and called township police.

Stalter is charged with retail theft, fleeing or eluding a police officer, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and reckless and careless driving. There is also an outstanding warrant against him from the Luzerne County Probation and Parole Department for a violation of probation.

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