EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — The Shamokin Police Department announced Monday, an area fugitive, wanted for allegedly ramming an occupied police patrol car numerous times, has been captured in the state of Virginia.
According to a press release on Monday, June 5, around 4:05 p.m. Shamokin Police Chief Raymond Siko II said he was notified, Jarrett Lee Castelonia, 42, of Danville, was taken into custody in Fredericksburg, Virginia by Agents of the U.S. Marshals.
Law enforcement says Castelonia was wanted for his involvement in a pursuit with Shamokin Police on Wednesday, May 24, where officers say he rammed an occupied patrol car several times and tried to run down an officer in an attempt to flee.
According to law enforcement, on May 24 around 5:34 p.m., Shamokin Police Officer Minnig identified Castelonia driving a maroon-colored Ford F-350 pickup truck.
Police say Officer Minning knew Castelonia was wanted on an active warrant for fleeing and eluding police so he exited his marked patrol car and attempted to order Castelonia out of his truck in the 00 block of North Vine Street, Shamokin, Northumberland County.
As the press release reads, Castelonia backed up, placed the truck in drive, and rammed the front of the patrol car several times. Investigators say, Officer Minnig exited his vehicle withdrew his gun, ordering Castelonia to stop, at which point, Castelonia accelerated toward Minnig while fleeing, and police began pursuing him.
Police chased Castelonia as he exceeded speeds of 100mph causing multiple crashes and striking numerous vehicles. Officers terminated the pursuit due to the weather conditions and the immediate threat to the public just pat the village of Burnside in Coal Township.
As a result of the incident, Castelonia is facing several charges with the primary charge being criminal attempt – the murder of a law enforcement officer of the second degree, as well as, aggravated assault – an attempt to cause serious bodily injury (SBI) to designated individuals and several more.
This is a developing story and Eyewitness News will update you with the latest information when it becomes available.