Sunday, October 31, 2021

Minersville Man Leads Police in Pursuit; Drugs Seized from Vehicle

A Minersville man was arrested and drugs were seized last weekend after a pursuit.

According to Minersville Police, on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, around 12:20am, Officer Michael Bucek observed a black Dodge Charger parked at the pumps at the Fuel On with a fake inspection sticker taped on the window.

Officer Bucek later observed the driver of the vehicle, Zackary Freeze, 35, of Minersville leave the gas station and drive south on the Pottsville-Minersville Highway.

At this point, Bucek activated his emergency lights and sirens and Freeze began to flee at a high rate of speed.

A several mile pursuit ensued which involved Freeze ignoring stop signs, driving in and out of traffic, and traveling into oncoming traffic.

Freeze led police in the vehicle pursuit to Bulls Head Road and Elm Street where he then fled on foot.

After a brief foot chase and struggle, Freeze was taken into custody by Bucek.

Freeze was later found to be wanted on warrants outside of Schuylkill County and also by Pennsylvania Probation and Parole.

While questioning Freeze, he admitted to be under the influence of several drugs but refused a blood draw at the hospital.

Freeze was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, driving under the influence, violations of use of certificate of inspection, operation of vehicle without official certificate of inspection, reckless driving, and other traffic violations.

Freeze's vehicle was impounded and later searched once a warrant was obtained.

During the search, police found:

  • 5.7 grams of suspected bulk heroin/fentanyl
  • 36.17 grams of suspected methamphetamine
  • 0.7 grams of suspected crack cocaine
  • 19 sheets of acid with Grateful Dead Bears
  • 10 white pills identified as acetaminophen/oxycodone
  • Marijuana Grinder
Freeze is now facing additional charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At the time of the incident, Freeze was taken into custody on the warrants.