Man Fleeing From Police Crashes Into W-B Home
A man led Wilkes-Barre police on a chase along city streets early Monday morning, crashed into a house, then broke into the house and tried to hide in a bathtub, according to police.
The incident began shortly after 2 a.m., when an officer attempted to pull over a Buick sedan driven by Larry Hayes, 30, of West Hazleton, after the car allegedly swerved into the oncoming travel lane of Grove Street several times.
An affidavit filed by Wilkes-Barre police gives the following account:
The officer initiated a traffic stop after the Buick turned onto Moyallen Street. Hayes at first pulled over and stopped, but then drove off.
Hayes fled along city streets, at one point crashing into a fence at a Grove Street residence. The car turned onto High Street, where Hayes blew through several stop signs without slowing.
At the intersection of High and Blackman streets, the car did not slow down. It crashed into a house at 121 Blackman St., causing severe damage to the structure.
Officers observed Hayes jump out of the car’s passenger-side door. He ignored officers’ orders to stop, then ran into the home through a rear door.
Police set up a perimeter around the house. The resident came outside and told police his children were sleeping upstairs.
Police entered the house to search for Hayes. An officer found him hiding in the bathtub of the upstairs bathroom, with the shower curtain closed.
The officer ordered Hayes to show his hands. Police took him into custody after “a slight struggle,” the affidavit states. Police took him to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where he was treated and released and a blood sample was drawn.
The resident of the home told police that two of his children had been sleeping in a bedroom directly above the spot where Hayes crashed his car.
A city codes enforcement officer ruled the house to be an unsafe structure, according to police. The residents are staying with family members, police said.
Police charged Hayes with felony counts of burglary, fleeing or eluding police, criminal trespass and flight to avoid apprehension, as well as misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and DUI.
He was arraigned Monday morning and sent to Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28 before Magisterial District Judge Rick Cronauer.
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