WILKES-BARRE — A Hunlock Township man called a “person of interest” in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Plymouth Township last August is wanted on allegations he failed to appear for a preliminary hearing on drug charges.
City police allege Matthew J. Perkins, 20, of Hartman Road, was in possession of heroin packets and pill tablets without a prescription after he was stopped leaving Interfaith Heights apartments on Feb. 9, according to the criminal complaint.
Police said Perkins was stopped for failing to use a turn signal when exiting the private apartment complex onto North Sherman Street. A plastic bag containing five pill tablets, six smaller bags holding five heroin packets and crack cocaine were found in Perkins’ jacket pocket, the complaint says.
District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre issued an arrest warrant for Perkins when he failed to appear for a preliminary hearing on May 28 on charges of possession of a controlled substance and defiant trespass.
Perkins is scheduled for another preliminary hearing on July 11 on evidence of driving under the influence of a controlled substance filed by Kingston Township police.
Township police allege Perkins was stopped after he was spotted driving a dark colored Saab erratically on Carverton Road, West Mount Airy Road, Pioneer Avenue and state Route 309 on Aug. 18.
A syringe, a small amount of marijuana and rolling papers were allegedly found in his vehicle during the traffic stop, township police said.
A blood test allegedly showed Perkins had morphine, marijuana and a prescription drug in his system, according to the criminal complaint.
The traffic stop in Kingston Township came 11 days after Perkins allegedly struck Richard Stadts, 73, on Route 11 in Plymouth Township on Aug. 7. Stadts was riding a bicycle when he was struck by a Saab in the area of Stookey’s Restaurant, a search warrant affidavit says.
The affidavit says evidence recovered from the scene and a license plate obtained by a witness led investigators to Perkins’ residence.
Perkins was found there and exhibited signs of intoxication and/or drug use during an interview with state police the night Stadts was killed, the affidavit says.
Perkins could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
No charges have been filed in the fatal hit-and-run crash in Plymouth Township.