Girardville Man Leads Police in Foot Chase; Meth Found

A Girardville man was taken to Schuylkill County Prison after leading police on a foot chase and being found with drugs and warrants.

According to Shenandoah Police, Eric Pennington, was taken to the Schuylkill County Prison for warrants following an incident that occurred on July 14, 2015, at approximately midnight.  While on patrol, in the area of the Gold Star Highway near Bad dog fitness Center, Police observed Pennington on the roadway hitchhiking.

After questioning him it became apparent that the he was intoxicated. He then told police that he was from Tennessee and that his name was Douglas Dennington. 

Multiple attempts were made to locate any information on the male but none could be located. 

When police were about to take Pennington into custody he fled on foot. Police attempted to subdue him with a taser but were unsuccessful. He then ran across the four lane highway on state route 924, jumped over the guide rail and ran into the woods. After a brief foot chase, police took the him into custody.
 
Police later located bag of methamphetamines in his shoe. Police were able to identify Pennington from his wallet he threw during the foot chase. Pennington had 8 active domestic relation warrants and was housed at the Schuylkill county prison.

Pennington was arraigned on the following charges by District Magistrate Judge Kilker on 7/16/15:
1 count of Pedestrians Soliciting rides or business
1 count of False identification to law enforcement authorities
1 count of public drunkenness
1 count of pedestrians under the influence of alcohol or drugs
1 count of recklessly endangering another person
1 count of flight to avoid apprehension, trial or punishment
1 count of possession of a controlled substance
1 count of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia

Bail was set at $5,000 straight cash.


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