HAZLETON, Pa. -- On Saturday, July 15th, shortly after 6 o'clock in the early morning hours, Hazleton Police engaged in a pursuit of a man responsible for a retail theft at Giant Supermarket.
Hazleton Police received a call for a theft from the grocery store, located at 70 S. Locust Street involving a Ford Explorer bearing PA Registration (KHB0461).
25-year-old, Joel Castillo-Pena, fled the scene with two unknown males in a Ford Explorer.
Castillo-Pena was the operator of the vehicle and was driving erratically breaking numerous vehicle and traffic laws and almost struck a marked Hazleton Patrol vehicle that attempted to stop him. Numerous
Hazleton Police units were engaged in the pursuit, with their emergency equipment activated in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
The pursuit ended in McAdoo in the area of 28 S. Logan Street where the operator Joel Castillo Pena and the (2) other occupants attempted to flee on foot from the officers.
Castillo Pena was being pursued by Hazleton Police on foot and ordered to stop and place his hands in the air.
Castillo Pena repeatedly ignored the officers commands and he was stopped by use of a Conducted Energy Device (Taser), at which time he was taken into custody.
The other two males fled the area and were unable to be located.
The vehicle was towed from the scene and impounded.
Castillo Pena appeared to have been drinking and Hazleton Police requested he submit to a BAC Test, which he refused.
The stolen items were recovered and taken back to Giant and statements were obtained. Castillo Pena was brought back to City Hall and searched incident to arrest.
Search incident to arrest found him to be in possession of (1) brick of heroin and a small amount of marijuana.
Charges were filed for Aggravated Assault, Fleeing and Eluding, Recklessly Endangering, Resisting Arrest, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol,(Refusal), Retail Theft,(M1), Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and numerous traffic violations involving Driving down one way roadways, Operating a vehicle with a Suspended License, Expired Inspection 6/17, Careless Driving, Reckless Driving and numerous additional summary offenses.
Bail was set at $50,000 dollars.
Statement by Police Chief, Jerry Speziale:
"If you come to Hazleton to commit a crime you will be dealt with swiftly and decisively"