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High-speed chase reaches up to 100 mph in Highspire: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 12/19/18

A York Haven man faces a long list of charges after leading State Police on a high-speed chase from Swatara Township through Highspire into Middletown on Dec. 11.

Police tried to pull Geary B. …

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High-speed chase reaches up to 100 mph in Highspire: Police and Courts Roundup

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A York Haven man faces a long list of charges after leading State Police on a high-speed chase from Swatara Township through Highspire into Middletown on Dec. 11.

Police tried to pull Geary B. Laughman, 62, of the first block of Hill Drive, over at about 10:15 p.m., after seeing that the white Dodge pickup he was driving southbound on Eisenhower Boulevard near Route 283 had a license plate with an expired registration from a 2002 Chrysler convertible, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Laughman pulled over on Race Street in Highspire but then sped away as the officer was approaching the vehicle.

Laughman headed east down 2nd Street in Highspire, ran a stop sign and exceeded 100 mph, police said. He nearly hit oncoming vehicles and repeatedly veered into the opposite lane.

Laughman then turned right onto North Catherine Street in Middletown, nearly crashing into parked vehicles before stopping in a yard on Mattis Avenue.

Police could not stop Laughman with a Taser but eventually forced him to the ground and put him in handcuffs.

A search found that Laughman was carrying marijuana and police determined him to be DUI of a controlled substance. His Pennsylvania driver’s license had been suspended due to a previous DUI, police said.

Laughman was arraigned before Judy on Dec. 12 and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, driving an unregistered vehicle, displaying a plate card in an improper vehicle, DUI while under suspension, failing to maintain required financial responsibility, failure to keep right, disregarding a single lane of traffic, running a stop sign, failing to use turn signals, speeding, careless driving, and reckless driving.

Laughman is listed as being in Dauphin County Prison on $15,000 bail. His preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Dec. 31.

Police: Driver had ‘moonshine’

A citizen calling police about an erratic driver led to DUI and other charges being filed against a Bainbridge man in Middletown shortly before 4 p.m. Nov. 3.

The caller was following a black Ford F-150 pickup being driven eastbound on West Main Street by Leon W. Merlin Jr., 65, of the 2300 block of River Road, according to arrest records borough police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Police caught up to Merlin in a parking lot near Race and East Main streets, where a search of his vehicle found a Mason jar containing “moonshine,” an open bottle of vodka, and a metal pipe containing marijuana residue. Merlin showed signs of being impaired but refused a blood test, police said. A subsequent investigation of fresh red transfer paint on Merlin’s truck showed that he had struck and damaged three pylons in the parking lot of the Westporte shopping center on West Main Street, police said.

Merlin is charged with possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI, failing to report an accident to police, and accidental damage to unattended vehicle or property.

His preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Jan. 28.

Police: Man threatened women

Police charged a Middletown man with simple assault following an incident in the first block of South Pine Street between 1:30 and 2 a.m. Dec. 14.

Anthony Robert Brown, 31, of the South Pine address, kicked in a door, threatened two women who live in the residence, and slammed a door on the right arm of one of them, borough police said in arrest records filed with District Judge David Judy.

Brown was intoxicated, despite not being allowed to consume alcohol because he is on county probation for DUI, police said.

Brown was arraigned before Judy and also charged with terroristic threats and harassment. He is listed as being in Dauphin County Prison on $25,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 31.

Man jailed on assault charge

A Middletown man is in Dauphin County Prison on $10,000 bail after being charged with simple assault following an incident in the first block of Wilson Street at about 9 a.m. Dec. 11.

Codi Robert Landeck, 26, of the Wilson Street address, shoved a woman to the ground and punched her in the left arm, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Landeck’s preliminary hearing before Judy is set for Dec. 31.

Man charged following incident

A Steelton man faces simple assault and drug charges following an incident in the 200 block of Ann Street in Middletown between 4 and 7:25 a.m. Dec. 3.

Raynell Quentin Horne, 29, of the 300 block of Swatara Street, bit and struck a woman, causing her to have a bloody nose and swelling upper lip, Middletown police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Horne fled from police but was brought under control by an officer using a Taser. A search of Horne’s person found a portable scale and an estimated $2,600 in cash.

A subsequent search of Horne’s vehicle after police obtained a warrant from Judy yielded marijuana, a portable scale, and $400 in cash, police said.

Horne was arraigned before Judy on Dec. 14 and charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, and possession of a controlled substance.

He is listed as being in Dauphin County Prison on $5,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 31.

Steelton man behind bars

A Steelton man is in Dauphin County Prison following an incident in the first block of Genesis Court in Middletown between 10:47 and 11:50 p.m. Dec. 7.

The incident began when Dwayne Proctor, 33, of the 100 block of South Second Street, reached over and turned off the car as he was the passenger in a car driven by a woman near the airport connector in Lower Swatara Township, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

The steering wheel locked up and the car went toward the shoulder of the road. Proctor fled from the car after the woman brought the vehicle to a stop.

Proctor then later injured the woman by biting her on the lip, police said.

Proctor was arraigned before District Judge Barbara W. Pianka and charged with simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Pianka set bail at $50,000 based on Proctor being wanted on several outstanding warrants, police said.

Proctor waived a Dec. 17 preliminary hearing before Judy and is to be arraigned on the charges in Dauphin County Court on Feb. 8.