Motorist Who Nearly Swerved Into Scranton Police Officer Charged With DUI

September 24, 2018

SCRANTON — A 39-year-old Scranton man who nearly collided with a Scranton police officer Saturday night is charged with driving under the influence, police said. Eric Barden, 57 E. Parker St., crossed over into Officer John Sweeney’s lane on the 2000 block of North Main Avenue at high speed at about 9:06 p.m., the officer wrote in a criminal complaint. Sweeney had to swerve off the road in order to avoid a collision. Sweeney pulled around and tried to stop Barden, lights flashing and sirens blaring. Barden fled, nearly striking other drivers, before rolling to a stop on East Parker Street. Barden smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test. In addition to DUI, he is charged with reckless driving, careless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer and recklessly endangering another person. Barden is in the Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Oct. 4. — JOSEPH KOHUT

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