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Man jailed on multiple counts

Published June 24. 2013 05:07PM

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Friday on multiple criminal counts following an incident that occurred between 8 and 8:17 p.m. at 2002 E. Center St., Tremont, in Porter Township.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspect as Steve Lucas, 41, of Hegins.

Troopers said he has been charged with aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment, careless driving, reckless driving, and driving without a license.

Troopers said at the time and date stated Lucas became involved in a verbal argument with Jacqueline Firestine, 38, of the above address. The argument became physical. Troopers allege that Lucas assaulted Katherine Firestine, 19, Barbara Custer, 67, and David Boltz, 27, all of Tremont, when they came to the defense of Jacqueline Firestine. Lucas then retreated to his vehicle, a 2013 Toyota Scion. He revved the engine and spun the tires and intentionally rammed James Madenford, 49, and Aaron Spell, 33, both of Tremont, who were standing nearby. The impact tossed the two victims into the air and against the residence.

Lucas then fled the scene on SR125 toward Hegins. He was located a short time later and transported to a Pottsville hospital. After he was medically cleared he was arraigned before on-call District Judge David Plachko, of Port Carbon. Bail was set at $25,000 straight cash. He was unable to post the bail and was committed to the county prison in Pottsville. Troopers did not indicate if anyone else involved in the incident required medical attention.

The investigation into the incident is continuing.

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