May 11—Hazleton police say a man refused to stop his vehicle for more than a dozen blocks after running a stop sign early Monday morning.
A patrol officer turned on his lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the Kia Sorento after the driver failed to stop at West Green and West Broad (Route 93) streets at 2:40 a.m. Pedro De La Cruz, 31, McAdoo, also failed to stop for the officer, continuing at a "slow rate of speed" for 14 blocks before officers boxed him in in the 300 block of South Church Street (Route 309), police said.
De La Cruz was taken into custody and exhibited signs of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to officers who charged him with fleeing or eluding police, DUI, driving without a license and two summary traffic violations.
He was taken to Luzerne County Correctional Facility, Wilkes-Barre, to await arraignment and was later released on $1,500 unsecured bail by Magisterial District Judge Brian Tupper, Trucksville.
— Staff report
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