Police pursuit ends in crash in Newport Township, driver arrested

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NEWPORT TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Five people are in custody after a high-speed chase in Luzerne County Monday morning.

Eyewitness News has exclusive video from the incident. The chase ended at the intersection of Center and Old Newport Streets in Newport Township when the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a parked car at a home.

An officer says they heard tires screeching from a parking lot on Beekman Street around 3 a.m. The officer followed the vehicle and identified it as one that had been stolen from Bloomsburg.

The vehicle fled multiple red lights, and almost hit another vehicle, according to police. The vehicle continued to flee from the officer throughout Wilkes-Barre, traveling the wrong way down one-way streets.

The driver lost control of the vehicle and struck an SUV that was then pushed into another SUV parked in the driveway of a residence. 

“We didn’t hear anything, just we got woke up with the doorbell. It looks like one car is totaled. And we, we just paid the cars off,” said Eileen Remeika of Newport Township.

As the vehicle came to a stop, the officer says they observed someone from inside of the car crawl from the driver’s seat of the vehicle, across the passenger seat and then fled from the vehicle. Police say the man who fled was later identified as 20-year-old Jose Calva. 

Officers say they approached the vehicle and saw an additional four other occupants inside, they were removed and detained. Juveniles were involved and taken to an area hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during the pursuit.

Officers say Calva had been seen fleeing through the yard of a home on Center Street without shoes on. Calva was walked back to the scene and taken into custody.

Calva is being charged with careless and reckless driving, damaging vehicle/property, endangering the welfare of children, driving at a high rate of speed, not abiding traffic signs, fleeing officers and receiving stolen property. 

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