NEWS UPDATE: Multiple charges follow June 8 pursuit
State police at Lykens confirmed July 9 that Corbin Thrasher, 34, of Gratzis facing DUI and multiple other charges in the wake of a pursuit the previous evening, also in the Gratz area.
Thrasher, driving a 1998 Dodge Caravan, reportedly led troopers on a pursuit through the MI Windows and Doors parking lot and Route 25, ending when his van crashed into a telephone pole, according to a police news release.
Troopers began following Thrasher while he was eastbound on Route 25 in Gratz at about 6:50 p.m.
‘’The van had an expired registration plate and (Thrasher) is a suspended driver with active warrants,’’ the release stated.
When troopers tried to stop the van, Thrasher accelerated to a high speed and began crossing into opposing traffic lanes and into the path of oncoming vehicles, police said.
He allegedly twice drove through a cornfield along Route 25, damaging it significantly. Both he and a passenger were injured when the van crashed, police said.
Along with DUI (controlled substance), other charges against Thrasher include recklessly endangering, fleeing/eluding and agricultural vandalism, according to court papers. Drug-related charges also were filed, as were 13 separate summary traffic violations. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17.