LUZERNE - Police checking a brush fire near the Back Mountain Trail arrested a man who they allege was in possession of synthetic marijuana Monday night.
Jeremiah Freeborn Lenchick, 23, of Vaughn Street, Luzerne, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail after his arraignment before District Judge Paul Roberts.
Police checking a brush fire near the Back Mountain Trail at about 8:30 p.m. heard twigs breaking and a man running down a hill. Police chased the man who ran through Toby’s Creek and a tavern’s parking lot on Main Street.
Police from Courtdale, Edwardsville, Forty Fort, Kingston, Kingston Township and Larksville joined in the chase.
Police said in the complaint the man, identified as Lenchick, was spotted near the Fuel On Service Station in Luzerne. Lenchick was wet from his knees down to his shoes.
Police allege in the criminal complaint a bag containing suspected synthetic marijuana was found in Lenchick’s pocket.
Lenchick allegedly told police he lit a small fire near the Back Mountain Trail and ran when he saw police because he did not want to go to jail, the complaint says.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 25.