Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Man Leads Police in Chase with Excavator

A man is locked up in Schuylkill County Prison after leading police in a short and slow chase with a stolen excavator.

According to the State Police at Frackville, a mini excavator was reported stolen from the Kevin E. Raker Construction Company on September 28, 2018.

Later, on October 1, 2018, the mini excavator was seen in the area of Ridge Road in East Brunswick Township.

As State Troopers responded, they found the mini excavator heading northbound on Ridge Road being driven by Barron Belsak, 45, of New Ringgold.

Belsak failed to pull over after Troopers activated their emergency lights.

A slow chase continued until other State Troopers arrived and the excavator made contact with another State Police Patrol Vehicle.

No injuries were reported.

Belsak was charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property, recklessly endangering another person, institutional vandalism and fleeing or attempting to elude police.

Belsak was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge James Reiley and locked in Schuylkill County Prison on $75,000 straight cash bail.

Belsak's preliminary hearing was held on October 15, 2018 where his charges were "Waived for Court".

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