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Luzerne driver facing charges

Published April 24. 2012 05:01PM

A Luzerne County driver is facing charges following a chase that began in Luzerne and ended in Schuylkill County with a crash.

State police at Frackville said troopers out of the Hazleton barracks attempted to stop a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo along Interstate 81 southbound in Luzerne on Friday, April 20, about 9 p.m. The chase continued into Schuylkill County where the Jeep exited I81 at Frackville onto SR61. At this point troopers terminated the pursuit.

The Jeep continued north on SR924 and entered the Gilberton ramp where the driver failed to negotiate a left turn. The Jeep went onto the berm and struck the guard rail which caused it to roll over onto its roof where it came to rest.

The driver was identified as Kari McCoy, 23, of Nanticoke.

Hazleton troopers took McCoy into custody. She was first transported to the Hazleton General Hospital for treatment of a minor injury and released. They said there is a felony warrant for her arrest out of Hanover Township, in Luzerne County, and may be the reason she fled.

Speeds reached 100 miles-per-hour during the chase, troopers said, before the pursuit ended.

McCoy is currently in the Luzerne County prison in Wilkes-Barre on the outstanding warrant. She will be charged with felony fleeing and eluding and multiple motor vehicle code violations.

Troopers also reported investigating a crash along I81 on Friday, April 20, about 6:35 p.m. in Mahanoy Township. Troopers said Michael J. Kowalski, 23, of Camp Hill, Dauphin County, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo northbound when he lost control. The car traveled through the median and both lanes of travel before coming to rest along the west berm. Damages were minor to the front end and Kowalski was not injured.

He was cited for driving on driving on roadways laned for traffic.

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