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Lansford man jailed after police say he fled, resisted arrest

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Published July 19. 2018 12:28PM

A Lansford man has been jailed after he allegedly fled police and resisted arrest, while believed to be under the influence of alcohol.

Michael Mosley, 36, was arrested following an incident on Bertsch Street on July 14.

Mosley allegedly caused damage to the inside of a Lansford Police cruiser and threatened to kill police officers when they were off duty.

At the time of the incident he was driving a vehicle with no valid inspection, and with no driver’s license.

Around 9:40 p.m. on July 14, Lansford Police were called to the 200 block of East Bertsch Street for a white car speeding up and down Bertsch Street and running stop signs. An officer saw a car matching that description speeding along West Patterson Street, and started following it.

The driver of the white sedan turned onto Powell Street at high speed, squealing the car’s tires, followed by another right onto East Bertsch Street. The officer then turned on his lights and siren, but the driver did not stop.

The officer then saw the driver run a stop sign at the intersection with Chestnut Street, then went back onto Patterson before turning into a parking spot.

Police said the driver refused commands to put the vehicle in park, turn it off and exit it with his hands in the air. At that point the officer recognized the man from previous incidents as Mosley.

While Mosley eventually got out of the vehicle, he still ignored officers’ commands, and officers used “substantial force” to handcuff his hands behind his back.

Officers detected a very strong odor of alcohol on Mosley’s breath.

Mosley refused a field sobriety test, and threatened the officers that he would find them off duty and kill them. He then kicked the inside of the police vehicle, causing damage to both back seat doors.

Police charged Mosley with fleeing and eluding, a felony, making terroristic threats, resisting arrest, institutional vandalism and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock, as per the terms of a previous sentence.

He was also cited for careless driving and driving without a license.

Mosley was arraigned and sent to Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 25 before Magisterial District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek in Lansford.

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