Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Two Remain Locked Up in Schuylkill County Prison After Leading Police in Pursuit in March

A man and woman remain locked up in Schuylkill County Prison after leading police in a pursuit last month.

According to West Penn Township Police, on March 15, 2023, Township Police were traveling westbound on Route 443 (Penn Drive) when a black Chevy Trailblazer with a discolored inspection sticker was observed traveling eastbound. 

As Police caught up to the vehicle, it was determined the registration was suspended. 

Further checks found that the owner of the vehicle, Brian Guyer, 53, of Weatherly had active warrants for his arrest. 

Police activated lights and siren around Mantzville Road, however the vehicle failed to yield. The vehicle continued to travel eastbound on 443 and increased speed to 80+ mph. 

The vehicle continued to flee and attempted to turn right onto Clinic Road, then swerved back into the roadway. The vehicle continuously forced vehicles off the roadway in both directions. 

During the pursuit, police observed the male drinking from a silver flask while he was fleeing. 

The vehicle then made an abrupt right turn onto Oak Grove Road in Mahoning Township. The vehicle then turned back onto route 443 eastbound. 

The Pennsylvania State Police assisted and took position as the lead vehicle. 

The vehicle began swerving back and forth to block responding units from getting in front of him. He then turned right onto Troxell Road in Mahoning Township and entered East Penn Township where he turned onto Mahoning Mountain Drive. 

The vehicle at one point struck the side of the State Police vehicle. The State Police vehicle then performed a PIT (Precision Immobilization Technique) maneuver causing the vehicle to stall and stop which resulted in the vehicle spinning sideways then rolling onto its roof. 

The driver, Brian Guyer and passenger Shannon Roman, 52, also of Weatherly, were taken into custody. 

Police impounded the vehicle.

A closer examination of the inspection sticker on the vehicle showed that the vehicle identification number listed on the back appeared to be partially whited out and another number written over top. Both numbers were partially visible in different colored ink. 

The odometer reading was also altered on the back of the inspection sticker in a similar manner. 

Computer checks showed that Guyer's driver’s license was suspended. Guyer had several outstanding AOPC warrants as well as probation and criminal warrants. 

Computer checks of Roman showed an outstanding felony warrant out of Georgia for aggravated stalking domestic violence. Roman, when advised of the outstanding warrant, was aware of the warrant and remained in Pennsylvania to avoid extradition. 

 Police observed the flask that Guyer was drinking while he was fleeing. Mr. Guyer admitted to drinking alcohol from the flask.

West Penn Township Police charged Guyer with flight to avoid apprehension, fleeing or eluding police, DUI, driving with a suspended or revoked license, driving a vehicle with suspended registration, driving a vehicle without required financial responsibility card, operating a vehicle without valid inspection, reckless driving, displaying a fictional inspection, institutional vandalism,

West Penn Township Police charged Roman with flight to avoid apprehension, fleeing or eluding police, and criminal conspiracy to commit.

Both were arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Andrew J. Serina who set bail at $150,000 straight.

Both remain locked up in Schuylkill County Prison unable to post bail.