WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man they say got stuck on a fence after abandoning a stolen vehicle during a chase Wednesday night.
Zildjian H. Zablotney, 20, of Lawrence Street, Edwardsville, was spotted driving a stolen Chevrolet Monte Carlo on South Main Street at about 10:45 p.m. Zablotney fled through South Wilkes-Barre and to Hanover Township, where he jumped out of the stolen car, according to charges filed.
Police allege Zablotney got stuck when climbing a fence on Strand Street in Hanover Township. He was arraigned Thursday on charges of receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude police, flight to avoid apprehension, reckless endangerment and six traffic violations. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.
According to the criminal complaint:
Police spotted the stolen Chevrolet on South Main Street near Hanover Street.
Zablotney took off at a high rate of speed and cut across the Schiel’s Parking lot exiting onto South Franklin Street. A passenger in the Chevrolet jumped out and was nearly struck by police cruisers involved in the pursuit. The man told police that Zablotney told him the car was stolen when he decided to jump out.
Police chased Zablotney along Rowland Street, a gravel road, and across train tracks at Barney Street. He continued on Barney Street. Zablotney then turned onto Regent Street and nearly struck a Ford pickup that had to stop suddenly when Zablotney crossed Horton Street.
Police said Zablotney traveled in the wrong direction on South Franklin Street, a one-way street, entering Hanover Township, turning onto Little Street and drove through yards on Strand Street before going onto South Main Street, the complaint says.
Zablotney abandoned the vehicle on South Main Street and ran through several yards on Strand Street. He was captured when he got stuck on top of fence he climbed on Little Street, according to the complaint.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 7.