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Hazleton driver faces numerous charges

Published February 12. 2014 05:00PM

A Hazleton man was locked up in the Schuylkill County prison on Sunday after fleeing from McAdoo police.

Patrolman Steven Homanko was on patrol at 2:21 a.m. when he saw a black GMC Yukon traveling on East Sherman Street. The SUV's rear registration lights were not working so the officer tried to initiate a traffic stop. Instead the SUV driver, later identified as John Blashock IV, 41, with an address in Hazleton, turned north onto Lincoln Street.

The officer activated his lights and siren and used the cruiser's public address system, but the Yukon kept going until it finally stopped in the unit block of East Market Street in Tresckow, where Blashock exited the vehicle and announced "I'm home."

He refused Homanko's requests to show his hands and appeared to be in a highly intoxicated condition. Inside the SUV was an empty pill container marked as being filled with 120 Hydrocodone pills on Feb. 7. The bottle was empty, but three Hydrocodone pills were found in an unmarked container.

Blashock was transported to a Pottsville hospital for blood work, then arraigned before on-call District Judge Christine Hale, of Frackville, on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, misbranding a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to meet general lighting requirements on a vehicle, careless driving, failure to comply with duties related to an approaching emergency vehicle, and failure to change the address on his driver's license.

Bail was set at $15,000. Blashock was unable to provide the required 10 percent and was lodged in the county prison in Pottsville.

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