Friday, May 19, 2023

Ashland Drug and Firearm Investigation Leads to Pursuit

A drug and firearms investigation in Ashland Friday morning led to a pursuit and a wrecked borough Patrol vehicle.

According to Ashland Police, on Friday morning, just after 11:00am, borough police were assisting the ATF from Pennsylvania and New Jersey with an investigation into narcotics and firearms at 614 Centre Street.

During the investigation, the suspects attempted to flee in a minivan when Ashland Borough Chief Ger Daley used his patrol vehicle to block their escape on Centre Street.

The driver, Sade Hill, 26, of Ashland, turned the van into the patrol vehicle causing heavy front-end damage.

Hill continued and fled down Centre Street at a high rate of speed.  A pursuit ensued down Hoffman Boulevard and south on Route 61 into Fountain Springs.

Hill continued onto Beaver Dam Road at a high rate of speed almost losing control several times until coming to a stop and surrendering.

Hill and her passenger Torre Ervin were taken into custody.

Chief Daley was not injured in the incident.

On Friday afternoon, local police along with State Police and the ATF, and the West End Dive Team from Mahanoy City were operating along Hoffman Boulevard in Mahanoy Creek looking for evidence that was thrown from the fleeing vehicle during the pursuit.

Hill has been charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, aggravated assault, and recklessly endangering another person for the pursuit.

She was arraigned later Friday afternoon by Magisterial District Judge Stephen Bayer and locked up in Schuylkill County Prison on $50,000 straight cash bail.

Ervin was locked up on other charges.

No details were available on the drug and firearm investigation.