State police arrest man wanted for threatening officer
State police recently apprehended a Towanda man wanted for leading police on a chase in Burlington Township, then threatening an officer with a chemical used to make methamphetamine.
According to information from state police at Towanda, police arrested Jonathan Coleman Butler, 34, during a traffic stop Thursday on James Street in North Towanda Township. Police said officers took Butler, who was found to have multiple syringes and other drug paraphernalia items on him, into custody without incident.
Butler was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox and remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $175,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 17.
Butler has been charged with attempted aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, escape, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, disregarding a traffic lane, failure to stop at a stop sign, speeding and reckless driving in relation to the Sept. 22 chase. Police issued an arrest warrant for Butler following the incident, which occurred at Borden and McNeal roads in Burlington Township.
Police attempted to stop a vehicle operated by Butler after a records check showed the vehicle had a suspended registration due to insurance cancellation. Police said Butler failed to stop, initiating a chase.
Upon conclusion of the pursuit, Butler exited the vehicle and charged toward police with a container later determined to be a cylinder of anhydrous ammonia, a chemical commonly used to make methamphetamine, according to police.
Butler threatened to throw the contents of the cylinder on an officer, police said. Later, Butler challenged the officer to shoot him, which would have caused the container to explode, police said.
After the officer created a reactionary gap for safety reasons, police said Butler fled into a nearby wooded area. An immediate foot search of the area yielded negative results, police said.