The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 25, 2014

Teen wasted chances

Chase suspect will be tried as an adult

SUNBURY — SUNBURY — Naheem Reams has been noncompliant with probation conditions and has failed numerous therapeutic treatment chances, a Northumberland County judge said Friday in denying the Shamokin teen’s request to be charged as a juvenile in a high-speed chase case last summer.

Upon review of psychologists’ reports, President Judge William Wiest said the court found Reams lacked ability to gauge risk behavior and was given several opportunities for rehabilitation through the juvenile court system.

Reams is not a good candidate for therapeutic treatment, Wiest said, adding that the 18-year-old internalizes blame and responsibility, has paranoid tendencies, is suspicious of all authority and is likely to resist treatment.

Wiest denied Reams’ request to transfer the case and kept the felony charges in adult court.

Reams was shot by a city police officer who feared being run over following a late-night high-speed chase June 5.

Reams testified Wednesday and said he never intended to hurt anyone. He was 17 when the incident occurred.

Reams was charged in August as an adult with six counts of aggravated assault stemming from the chase in Sunbury that ended at Chestnut and South Front streets with Reams being shot in the abdomen.

Reams pleaded not guilty to all of the offenses in September.

The pursuit began on North Fifth Street around 1 a.m. when police approached a car while clearing the road for street sweeping.

Reams took off in a “reckless manner” for no apparent reason, police said.

Reams was wanted by Northumberland County Juvenile Probation, which police did not know at the time.

The chase lasted less than 10 minutes and ended when Reams was shot in the abdomen by a single bullet. Three city officers were involved in the pursuit and one shot Reams, saying Reams had tried to run him over.

Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini is prosecuting the case.


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