Thursday, January 5, 2023

Pottsville Man Locked Up in Schuylkill County Prison After Assault and Pursuit

A Pottsville man is locked up in Schuylkill County Prison after allegedly assaulting a woman and leading State Troopers in a pursuit.

According to Pottsville Police, on Sunday January 1, 2023, around 4:00pm, members of the Pottsville Bureau of Police were sent to an address in the 200 block of West Union Street for a report of a domestic dispute. 

The investigation revealed Nicolas Webber, 32, of Pottsville, assaulted a 37-year-old female victim by shoving, biting, and pulling the hair of the victim.  

Pottsville Police charged Webber with aggravated assault and simple assault pursuant to domestic violence.

According to court documents, Webber was taken into custody later that day by the Pennsylvania State Police at Schuylkill Haven.

Trooper Marc Buchhalter was on patrol around 10:30pm along Route 61 in North Manheim Township when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed without any taillights.

Trooper Buchhalter followed and attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the driver failed to yield.  The driver attempted to flee reaching speeds over 100 mph and ignored red lights.  Trooper Buchhalter discontinued his pursuit but proceeded to the address associated with the vehicle's registration.

The vehicle involved in the pursuit was found parked in front of the home in the 200 Block of West Union Street in Pottsville.  Webber was taken into custody at the home.

Webber admitted to being involved in the pursuit and told police that he was trying to get the attention of law enforcement.

Webber was arraigned before on-call Magisterial District Justice David Plachko, Port Carbon, and remanded to the Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $50,000.00 cash bail for the domestic. 

He was also charged by State Police with fleeing or eluding police, driving without lights on to avoid identification, and several driving violations.

Judge Plachko set bail at $50,000 straight cash for the domestic and $50,000 straight cash for the pursuit.

Judge Plachko also ordered Webber to undergo a mental health evaluation.