Monday, January 9, 2023

Wanted Man Flees State Police near Ashland

A man from Columbia County is facing charges after he fled State Police earlier this month near Ashland.

According to court documents, Jarek Harriman, 26, of Millville, is facing charges of fleeing or attempting to elude police, flight to avoid apprehension, operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle disregarding for safety, careless driving, and other traffic offenses after an incident on January 2nd, 2023, around 8:00pm.

The incident began when State Police Trooper Nickolas Price observed a Pontiac Firebird, later determined to be driven by Harriman, travelling on Route 61 leaving Ashland.

As the vehicle approached the intersection with Nater Street, Trooper Price noticed the vehicle crossing the white fog line as well as the yellow center line multiple times, as well as speeding up and slowing down.

Trooper Price activated his emergency lights near the intersection with Spring Street in Butler Township, but the vehicle continued down Beaver Dam Road.

Harriman made a right onto Country Club Road but ditched the vehicle and his passenger near 151 Country Club Road and fled on foot, telling the passenger he was wanted before fleeing.

Backup from other State Troopers arrived and they questioned the passenger, who also owned the vehicle.  The passenger told Troopers he met Harriman for the first time on a dating app earlier that day.

Troopers were able to identify Harriman after he left his wallet, and multiple credit cards bearing his name in the vehicle.  A check of Harriman's information led to the finding that he had 2 active NCIC warrants by the Bloomsburg Adult Probation Office and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Harriman fled into a wooded area and was not captured.  He will answer to the above charges before Magisterial District Judge Edward Tarantelli on February 15th, 2022.