Man jailed following chase in Towanda
An Elmira, N.Y. man was arraigned Friday on charges related to a vehicle and foot chase Wednesday night in Towanda.
Borough police charged Gerald Bradley Perry, 28, with fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, flight to avoid apprehension, providing false identification to a law enforcement officer, driving without lights to avoid identification or arrest, giving false information, speeding and driving with a suspended license in relation to the Wednesday incident, according to a criminal affidavit filed with Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark.
Police said a borough officer running speed enforcement on York Avenue clocked a green 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis traveling at about 49 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone. The officer performed a traffic stop on the vehicle on York Avenue, police said.
The driver, later identified as Perry, could not provide valid identification to the officer and gave him a false name and date of birth, police said. A search of the name and birthdate through Bradford County Dispatch turned up no results, police said.
Officers asked Perry to step out of the vehicle so they could detain and identify him, but he refused and began to place a phone call to somebody, police said. As officers approached the Mercury, the vehicle took off toward Merrill Parkway with its lights off, police said.
Two officers followed the vehicle south on Merrill Parkway while a third went south on William Street and down Mix Avenue, police said. All units lost sight of the vehicle, police said.
At one point, police found that the suspect vehicle was on William Street, according to police. Perry and two unidentified female passengers had fled the vehicle, the females toward Merrill Parkway and Perry toward North Main Street, police said. Two sets of flip-flops were found in the area of William Street, but the individuals could not be located Wednesday, police said.
The Mercury was towed to the borough police station, where officers searched it for ownership information, police said. The vehicle came back registered to a Rochester man, but officers found New York state parole papers in the vehicle with Perry's name on them, police said.
Officers were able to run Perry's information through dispatch using his name and date of birth, police said. Police were informed that Perry had a parole violation out of New York state and a suspended driver's license, police said.
At about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, an off-duty Towanda police officer was traveling in his personal vehicle northbound on U.S. Route 220 in Ulster Township when he saw a male and two females walking north on the side of the road, police said. The officer recognized the individuals as those involved in Wednesday's chase and notified state police, who then detained the three, police said.
Perry was arraigned Friday before Judge Clark and remanded to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Perry's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 22.
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