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High speed chase ends for four

  • ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is a gun lying loosely on the front passenger seat's floor.
    ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is a gun lying loosely on the front passenger seat's floor.
Published February 06. 2012 05:03PM

Two adult males, one female and one juvenile are all in custody, and a police car is damaged following a high-speed chase Sunday night that stretched through Schuylkill and Carbon counties.

The chase, which involved a dozen police officers and 10 police cruisers from six police departments, ended on SR54 in Nesquehoning after the speeding car and a Nesquehoning police cruiser came into contact with each other during the pursuit.

While on patrol just after 10:30 p.m., Tamaqua Police Officer Robert Minnick noticed a suspicious gray 2000 Ford Mustang stopping at various points in Tamaqua. Minnick followed the vehicle around a few turns until it turned back onto East Broad Street (SR209). That is when the Mustang increased its speed heading east and reaching speeds in excess of 80 miles an hour as it drove through the communities of Coaldale, Lansford and Nesquehoning.

According to Coaldale Police, while speeding through these towns, the Mustang forced half a dozen cars off the road as the driver drove on the median into oncoming traffic. This also stirred up a lot of road dust and salt which made it hard to stay in safe pursuit.

The Mustang was no match for all the trailing police cruisers, as it was quickly intercepted and forced off the road by Nesquehoning Police Officer Carl Breiner between the Ametek and Kovatch plants on SR54 in Nesquehoning.

After being stopped, the driver of the Mustang rammed Breiner's vehicle again. Staring down the barrels of six police officers' pistols, the driver chose to give up. In pursuit were officers from Tamaqua, Coaldale, Lansford, Rush Township, Jim Thorpe and Nesquehoning. They were Officers Ryan Rahatchik, Joe Krebs, Pete Wysochansky, Robert Minick, Carl Bachert, Sgt. Duane Frederick, Carl Breiner, Corey Herring, Leo Clements, Jack Soberick, Jason Helmer and Chief Sean Smith.

After placing all four persons into separate cruisers, police searched the vehicle and noticed a black pistol, which was lying on the floor beneath the passenger seat.

All four individuals were taken to the Tamaqua Police Station, where officials and detectives from the Tamaqua Police Department, state police and other agencies were awaiting to interview them.

Three of the communities the Mustang raced through (Tamaqua, Lansford and Nesquehoning), were also the targets of numerous armed robberies over the past few weeks, although no information was released by police this morning stating any relationship to any of the armed robberies.

The names of the suspects weren't released as of this morning, as local, state and other agencies are still investigating. No injuries were noted.

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