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Schuylkill man jailed after chase

Published August 10. 2011 05:02PM

A Schuylkill County man was jailed early Tuesday morning after leading police on a high-speed chase. State police at Schuylkill Haven gave the following account of what happened.

About 12:50 a.m. troopers received a report of a green Jeep Cherokee driving erratically through Lincoln Road, in Tremont Township, and disturbing the community by honking its horn, revving the engine and loud yelling from within the vehicle.

Troopers spotted the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed along Mollyestown Road. A traffic stop was attempted but the driver did not stop and sped away despite the lights and siren on the state police cruiser being activated.

The pursuit continued for a distance where the driver attempted to turn onto a road at state game lands and got stuck in a grassy area. The driver attempted to pull out from being stuck but his vehicle was pinned in by a state police cruiser.

The driver then fled on foot into nearby woods. Three passengers with the driver, Brittany Shadle, 20, of Hegins, and two juveniles, ages 15 and 17, were all detained.

Troopers identified the driver as Robert L. Harner, 30, of Hegins. About 2 a.m. Harner exited the wooded area and was taken into custody.

He was transported to the Schuylkill Medical Center-S. Jackson St., Pottsville, for treatment of injuries he sustained when he fled into the woods, troopers said. He was also asked to submit to a blood test, but refused.

He was arraigned before District Judge Carol A. Pankake, of Tremont, on charges of fleeing and eluding police, recklessly endangering another person, and driving under the influence. He was committed to the county prison in lieu of $25,000 straight cash bail.

Troopers said the investigation into the incident is continuing and more charges are pending.

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