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April 10, 2014

Court News

LEWISBURG — A woman accused of leading police on a high-speed, 34-mile chase through Union County in September, striking four police cars before being apprehended, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Union County Court to 10 of the 40 charges against her.

Leslie Arthurs, 29, admitted fleeing or eluding officers, criminal mischief, four counts of reckless endangerment and four counts of damage to police vehicles, all misdemeanors.

Arthurs had faced 40 charges, eight of them felonies in regard to damages to four police vehicles and one for each of four officers imperiled during the chase.

Sentencing will take place in May. Among the conditions is that Arthurs will continue with court-ordered mental health treatment. She has no prior record and has been free on $100,000 bail since a preliminary arraignment in September.

Arthurs was pregnant when the incident happened and gave birth in September while incarcerated, delivering the baby at an undisclosed hospital in the Valley.

Also in Union County Court this week, jury selection was scheduled for April 29 for Kurt Reichenbach, 44, of Muncy, who is accused of possession and sales of a controlled substance at his former Lewisburg business, the Grasshopper Gift Shop. This comes after President Judge Michael Sholley on Monday refused a defense motion to exclude Dr. Michael Coyer, a forensic toxicologist with Northern Tier Research in Mayfield, as an expert witness for the commonwealth. Reichenbach and his former wife were arrested in May 2012 after an informant allegedly visited the store in Lewisburg and bought synthetic marijuana.

Terrance Hopson, 21, of West Milton, was sentenced to two months to four years in prison for resisting arrest and simple assault in a June incident in which he scrapped with state troopers and tried to elbow one of them in the head when they wanted to search his duffle bag for possible drugs. Sholley rejected Hopson’s first plea agreement, which would have placed him on probation. Union County adult probation officials and police recommended against probation, calling Hopson uncooperative during his pre-sentencing report.

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