Man incarcerated following high-speed chase
A Troy man was incarcerated in lieu of bail Friday morning, following a high-speed chase involving the state police.
According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, John Frederick Teneyck, 38, has been charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer; possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; driving while under the influence of a controlled substance; recklessly endangering another person; providing false reports to law enforcement authorities; tampering with physical evidence; operating a motor vehicle when his registration had been suspended; operating a vehicle without the required insurance; failure to use his traffic control signals; driving on the wrong side of the road; forcing an oncoming vehicle to pull off the road to avoid collision; illegally passing a school bus; failure to yield for a stop sign; crossing the center line of traffic; making an illegal u-turn; operating a vehicle at an unsafe speed; driving 80 miles per hour in a posted 55 mph speed zone; careless driving; and reckless driving.
State police Trooper Joshua Fisher reported being called to Leisure Drive near the boat launch in Wysox Township around 7:50 a.m. to investigate a suspicious person reported in the area. When he arrived, Fisher said, a witness at the scene indicated a person fitting the description had just left the area riding in a blue minivan.
Around 8 a.m., the report continued, Fisher spotted a blue mini van on U.S. Route 6, and attempted to pull the vehicle over. Instead, Fisher said, the van continued traveling on the highway, until it stopped behind another vehicle. Exiting his patrol car, Fisher said the driver, whom he knew from a previous encounter as Teneyck, denied his identity and insisted his name was Vanderpool.
Fisher said he ordered a passenger in the van to exit the vehicle and spoke to him about another matter. While interviewing the passenger, the report continued, Teneyck put the van into drive and drove away from the traffic stop, heading east on Route 6.
Fisher said he and other trooper pursued the van. In the process, the report said, Teneyck passed a vehicle in the left turn only lane, and then passed a school bus in the center left turn only lane, and several other vehicles as he approached state Route 187. During this phase of the pursuit, Teneyck's vehicle was clocked at about 70 miles per hour, according to the report.
About one-half mile north of Route 187, Teneyck threw an object from his vehicle which later tested positive as containing bath salts.
The pursuit continued on several roads through the area. In the process, Fisher continued, the van was observed running a stop sign, passing a school van, and forcing on-coming Williams Oil vans to pull over to avoid a head-on collision. The pursuit continued on Route 187 to the Village of Durell, with Teneyck observed committing more traffic violations, including his vehicle being clocked at 100 miles per hour past the southern intersection of Echo Beach Road and Tip Top Road.
After reaching Durell, Fisher said, van the continued at a high rate of speed on various roads, and more traffic violations were recorded, before it turned onto Woodside Road. Fisher said he decided it was heading toward Monroeton Borough, and did not want to risk any more motorists and pedestrians. Fisher said he used his patrol car to incapacitate the van, which rolled onto its roof in the process. Teneyck and a passenger in the vehicle were taken into custody. The van was removed from the scene by Williams Towing.
Teneyck was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox, who ordered the defendant incarercated in lieu of $200,000 bail. Teneyck's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 24 before Judge Wheaton.