Assault of officer among litany of charges for Shamokin teen following Sunday chase
SHAMOKIN - A five-mile police chase early Sunday that ended with forceful apprehension has left a Shamokin teen facing 17 criminal charges, including aggravated assault.
Cody Zacchaeus Horne, 19, of 221 S. Diamond St., was arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Monday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III via video conference and committed to Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury, in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 1.
He was detained at the prison's new holding cell following his arrest.
Horne is accused of kicking Coal Township Patrolman Joshua Wynn in the leg several times while several officers attempted to take Horne into custody, netting him the felony assault charge.
It was Horne's alleged actions leading up to his arrest that brought about the litany of other criminal counts.
According to a criminal complaint by Trooper Justin Rosboschil, state police at Stonington, Horne was driving a Dodge 4x4 at 2:47 a.m. at Route 61 and Hospital Drive near Tharptown in Coal Township. The vehicle's license plate light was not functioning.
When Rosboschil attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Horne is accused of accelerating and initiating a chase.
According to police, he drove south and turned right over a bridge before turning left onto Second Street. He's accused of speeding southbound and running at least one stop sign before turning right onto Mulberry Street. Police say he drove this entire stretch without stopping for a single stop sign before turning left onto Jackson Street and right onto State Street, leading officers around Shamokin Area High School.
The vehicle pursuit continued in Coal Township's west end through alleyways and side streets as Horne allegedly continued to violate traffic laws: failing to signal, driving through stop signs, speeding. It ended near Juniper and Owl streets when the vehicle spun out and apparently became disabled.
An unnamed passenger remained in the vehicle and was taken into custody, police said, but Horne fled south on foot. He resisted, kicked Wynn and was detained by officers both from Coal Township and Shamokin, along with Trooper James Yankovich, police said.
Horne was handcuffed and, after being brought to his feet, police said he tried to run away and was again restrained.
Officers searched a corduroy backpack Horne had in his possession, allegedly finding small quantities of suspected marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.
Along with the aggravated assault charge, Horne is charged by Rosboschil with felony fleeing police and the following misdemeanors: two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana.
The remaining charges are for summary traffic and vehicle violations: 17 counts of stop sign violations, 17 counts of careless driving, 17 counts of reckless driving, nine counts of turning movements and required signals, two counts of driving on roadways laned for traffic, two counts driving on right side of roadway, registration card to be signed and exhibited on demand, drivers required to be licensed, general lighting requirements, duty of driver on approach of emergency vehicle, driving vehicle at safe speed, occupant protection.