Hazleton man charged with leading police on a car chase

Crime & Court

HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Hazleton City police say after attempting to conduct a standard traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle did not come to a stop and eluded officers by fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed.

According to a Hazleton City Police Department press release, on Sunday, just before 6 a.m., Ernesto Gabriel Lazala-Rosa, 27, of Hazleton, was being pulled over in a Honda Odyssey minivan for a traffic violation in the area of South Church Street and Buttonwood Street. Lazala-Rosa then fled from police, leading them on a chase.

The release states officers proceeded to follow Lazala-Rosa, in a safe manner, making sure all other motorists and civilians were safe. The vehicle was brought to a stop in the area of the 100 block of Thirwell Avenue.

Lazala-Rosa was taken into custody and has been charged with one felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude police, one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol, and several summary counts including careless driving, reckless driving, and driving without a license.

Lazala-Rosa was arraigned and released on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, September 20th at 10:30 a.m., in front of Magisterial District Judge James J. Haggerty.

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