Berks driver jailed after chase
A Berks County driver was jailed on Wednesday and is facing numerous charges after leading police on a chase on Schuylkill County which ended in a collision. State police said the incident began about 12:17 p.m. along Berger Road, between SR443 and Birds Hill Road, in Pine Grove Township.
Trooper Jordan Tuttle observed a Jeep Grand Cherokee at the above location displaying a registration plate for a different make of vehicle a Pontiac. Tuttle, in a marked cruiser, initiated a traffic stop using his emergency lights and siren. The driver of the Jeep refused to stop.
A pursuit ensued during which the driver of the Jeep committed numerous traffic violations while he fled. While making a left turn onto Birds Hill Road he drove through a stop sign and into the intersection where the Jeep collide with another vehicle.
The driver of the Jeep was identified as Jason Alan Brown, 32, of Bernville. The occupants of the other vehicle involved in the crash were identified as Paul Zuk, of Pottsville, and his passenger, Rodney Herring, of Pine Grove. Troopers said the two men suffered injuries in the crash.
Brown had a passenger with him, Melissa M. Lucas, 28, of Williamstown, Schuylkill County.
Tuttle learned that Brown did not have a valid driver's license and was under suspension-driving under the influence related. He also learned the Jeep had been reported stolen.
While being taken into custody troopers found Brown in possession of white crystal methamphetamine in his pants pockets. He also had drug paraphernalia a glass pipe with lighter.
Brown was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude police, recklessly endangering another person, accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, and numerous other motor vehicle code violations. Troopers said a DUI charge is pending blood test results.
Brown was arraigned before on-call District Judge Anthony Kilker, of Shenandoah, and committed to the county prison in Pottsville after failing to post $50,000 straight cash rail.