Bloomsburg man in custody after slow-speed chase
SELINSGROVE - A Bloomsburg man who state police said led troopers on a low-speed chase April 3 was released from a mental health ward and apprehended Tuesday.
Police said Charles F. Horrax Jr., 44, with a last known address of 820 Railroad St., was taken into custody without incident at 8221 Route 522, Middleburg at 9:40 a.m. He was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, escape and several traffic violations. He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge John Reed and placed in Snyder County jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.
He had been treated at Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital.
Police said Trooper Matthew Miller of state police at Selinsgrove attempted to initiate a traffic stop at 3:30 p.m. April 3 on a blue Ford minivan driven by Horrax along Route 522 in Penn Township, Snyder County. Horrax refused to pull over and continued driving at a slow speed. He pulled into the Weis Markets parking lot in Selinsgrove and allegedly held two knives to his throat.
Horrax refused to relinquish the knives or open the door to his vehicle, and police were unable to take him into custody. He drove off and continued along Routes 11/15 north through Monroe Township, Shamokin Dam, Northumberland Borough and other points north.
The public was warned to use extreme caution if they encountered Horrax. Police ended the pursuit because of the seriousness of his violation and the potential to hurt innocent bystanders, police said.