The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 3, 2013

Early morning ruckus brings charges against grad student

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG  -- A Bucknell University graduate student is facing a felony charge of attempted burglary after allegedly pounding on the door, demanding to be let in to a Lewisburg home, then taking police on a quarter-mile foot chase through an East Buffalo Township neighborhood.

David Lee Wacker, 22, of Parkton, Md., also faces misdemeanor charges of defiant criminal trespass, loitering and prowling at night, disorderly conduct, two counts of driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and misbranding of a controlled substance. He also has a summary charge of public drunkenness.

Wacker was arrested March 19 following events of Feb. 23. At 2:50 a.m., Buffalo Valley Regional Police responded to a disturbance at 620 Maclay Ave., in East Buffalo Township.

Residents there told police Wacker was pounding on their front door, demanding to be let in, according to the police affidavit. They said they shouted at Wacker to leave, and eventually he did. It’s not clear from the affidavit if Wacker knows the residents at Maclay Avenue.

When police arrived at the scene, a white vehicle was turning around and coming straight for the police vehicle, according to the affidavit. Police activated the car lights, and the two vehicles came bumper to bumper.

Wacker then allegedly got out of the car and started walking away. When police told him to stop, he started running, leading to a chase through the backyards of Maclay Avenue that went for about a quarter-mile. Wacker was apprehended when a second Buffalo Valley officer, arriving in a cruiser, cut off Wacker’s running path and was able to tackle him.

When police were able to talk to Wacker, he said all he knew was he was in Pennsylvania, and he did not know why he was trying to get into the Maclay  Avenue home. Police found his driver’s license and Bucknell identification card in his wallet. Wacker lives in Lewisburg while attending school.

Police also allegedly found a pill on Wacker that was identified as a schedule II controlled substance. Wacker was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital for treatment and blood alcohol testing, which revealed a .221 percent BAC.

Wacker is free on unsecured bail of $10,000. A preliminary hearing is set for April 18 before Magisterial District Judge Leo Armbruster in Union County Court.