New details emerge in police chase turned fatal


HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A multi-county police chase ends in a deadly standoff in Hazleton Monday night. People in the neighborhood were ordered to evacuate.

Today, police are releasing more information. The suspect is 48-year-old Wade Russel Meisberger from Indiana. Police surrounded Meisberger after his truck got stuck in mud behind a hockey rink on Beech Street. Police say they negotiated with the suspect for three hours, but ultimately he was killed.

It all started with a traffic stop of a tractor trailer truck. US Marshals were searching for Meisberger for violating a homicide probation. They pulled over a truck they believed Meisberger was riding in. They ordered everyone out of the truck. The driver complied but Meisberger refused and drove away in the truck.

State police then chased the truck through Schuylkill, Carbon and Luzerne Counties. Police say Meisberger was driving erratically.

“At high rates of speeds. Had total disregard towards human life in the area and drove erratically and went into oncoming traffic lanes to travel,” said State Trooper Anthony Petroski, community services officer with Troop N. He says they tried to stop the truck.

“Multiple attempts to throw out spike strips to disable the vehicle were not successful due to the high volume of traffic and the speeds at which he was driving,” said Petroski.

State police say he hit a car, injuring the people inside. There’s no word on their injuries.

The chase ended in Hazleton when the truck Meisberger was driving got stuck behind a hockey rink on Beech Street. Police surrounded the truck, but Meisberger refused to get out. That’s when police began negotiations.

While those negotiations were going on, police say Meisberger shot at them multiple times. That’s when police evacuated nearby homes, and ordered the rest of the neighborhood to stay on lock down.

Steven Jon says he’ll never forget what he went through.

“We were just terrified. The whole neighbors the whole block was out trying to get a glimpse,” Jon said.

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