The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 31, 2013

Escapee lands in arms of city cop

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — Shortly after emergency officials dragged a vehicle to a stop, its driver — who abandoned the moving Ford Taurus near a fire station after crashing into a pickup truck with police on his tail — leaped over a fence and into the waiting arms of officer Brad Slack.

Meter reader Jim Souder, who was with Slack in the cruiser at 4 p.m. Thursday, spotted Edwin Santana, a Sunbury man sought for nearly two years on a parole violation.

Souder told Slack he thought he saw Santana, an absconder from the Northumberland County Parole Department for 19 months, driving the Ford Taurus, Sunbury police said.

Slack bid his time, waited for Santana to pass him on Fifth and Market streets, and confirmed Santana was behind the wheel, Cpl. Brad Hare said.

Santana hit the accelerator and began whistling through stop signs on Line, Reagan and Packer streets, and Edison Avenue, police said.

Read more of this story in Friday's edition of The Daily Item.