DURYEA — A man from Exeter Township fled from police and then disabled his vehicle on railroad tracks, halting trains early Friday, according to charges filed in the case.
Vincent William Burgio, 28, of Kitchen Lane, failed to stop when he was spotted driving a Honda Del Sol at a high rate of speed and spinning the car’s tires in the area of Main Street and Coxton Road at about 12:30 a.m.
Burgio fled in his car and turned onto railroad tracks where the tiny Honda became disabled.
Police contacted Reading & Northern Railroad to stop train service due to the disabled car on the tracks.
Burgio was apprehended after a violent struggle with officers.
He was arraigned by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston on four counts each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts each of reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, two counts each of simple assault, resisting arrest and careless driving, and one count each of damage to railroad property, speeding, driving without a license and failing to obey a stop sign. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.
According to the criminal complaint:
Burgio was spotted spinning his car’s tires and speeding. A pursuit followed, with police turning onto Phoenix, Columbia, and Cherry streets, and back onto Phoenix where Burgio turned onto the railroad tracks. Several oncoming and parked vehicles were nearly struck by Burgio.
Police said Burgio’s vehicle became disabled on the tracks.
Burgio abandoned the vehicle and dropped items from his pockets during a foot chase with officers, according to the complaint.
Police said the items Burgio allegedly dropped were cigarettes and wax paper with heroin residue.
Burgio was allegedly found in possession of a spoon, a syringe and a straw with residue inside it.
Burgio complained of chest pain and was placed in an ambulance. On the way to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, police said Burgio was disruptive and had to be restrained to the stretcher, the complaint says.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 9 before District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz in Pittston.