A Pottsville man is behind bars tonight after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Saint Clair and leading police on a chase that ended in a cornfield near Hegins.
According to information from State Police in Schuylkill Haven, 20-year-old Devin Harris reportedly stole a vehicle in Saint Clair sometime before 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Pottsville Police Dept. spotted Harris and gave pursuit of him through the city on Route 209.
Pottsville Man Leads Police on Wild Chase that Ends in a Hegins Cornfield
Harris was then spotted in Tremont Township, still on Route 209, moving quickly in this reportedly stolen vehicle, a 2006 Chevy Impala. That’s when police tried to stop him.
Police say they were unable to contain Harris during that attempt and he got away, continuing on 209 into Porter Township.
Harris lost control of the vehicle at that time and went off the road slightly. Again, police tried to stop him by preventing him from getting back on the highway. And again, that attempt failed.
Harris hopped on Route 125 and led police into Hegins Township. From 125, Harris turned on to Deep Creek Rd., with police still giving pursuit.
On Deep Creek Rd., Harris then turned on to Weishample Rd. but quickly ended up in a cornfield.
Harris ignored police verbal commands to give himself up and was hit with a taser. That ended the pursuit on the spot and Harris was taken into custody.
He was arraigned before District Judge David Rossi at 7:30 Tuesday morning in Tremont and sent to Schuylkill County Prison with bail set at $50,000. Harris remains in prison unable to post bail. He’s due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. before Judge Rossi.
In addition to a host of summary charges, Harris was also booked on felony charges of receiving stolen property and eluding police, as well as misdemeanor charges of DUI, trespass on farmland, and providing false identification to police.
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