M0UNT CARMEL - A Mount Carmel man charged with stealing a sport utility vehicle and eluding police for nearly nine hours in December while transporting an unrestrained 9-month-old boy waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones.

David Anthony Pavloski II, 22, of 42 N. Maple St., was ordered by Jones to appear for plea court April 28 at Northumberland County Courthouse in Sunbury, where he can plead guilty or no contest, or seek a trial by pleading not guilty.

Pavloski, who was represented by Northumberland County Public Defender Paige Rosini, was recommitted to the county jail to await his transfer to a state correctional institution for a parole violation.

The defendant is charged by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Daniel Politza with criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude police, flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving and driving under suspension relating to incidents that occurred during the early morning hours of Dec. 12.

On Feb. 27, Pavloski's girlfriend, Courtney Klemick, 20, of 222 Second St., Wilburton No. 1, waived to court charges of criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude police, flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the same incidents.

At last week's hearing, Jones reduced Klemick's bail from $20,000 cash to unsecured, meaning she did not have to post any monetary bail. Klemick, who was released from prison on the same day as her hearing after being incarcerated for about nine weeks, also is ordered to appear for plea court.

On Feb. 5, both defendants waived their rights to hearings before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III on charges filed by Coal Township police. They were charged by Patrolman Christopher Lapotsky with felonies of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, and a misdemeanor of criminal mischief in connection with incidents on Dec. 12.

According to a criminal complaint, Jessica Long, of 1125 W. Gowen St., Coal Township, told police she and her boyfriend, Chris Powell, were at home with Klemick and Pavloski, while Klemick's young son was upstairs sleeping.

Long said Klemick got into an altercation with Pavloski. She said she wanted Pavloski to leave, but without Klemick and her baby. But the couple left with the baby, she told police. At approximately 2:28 a.m., they took a 2003 Buick Rendezvous that Long was borrowing from her grandmother, Rita Reilly.

Lapotsky responded to Long's house after the vehicle was taken. While he was there, Politza spotted the stolen vehicle on Route 901 near Locust Gap and pursued it. However, the driver would not stop and the vehicle reached speeds of 80 mph, Politza reported. Since he knew a child was in the vehicle, Politza terminated the pursuit.

It was reported that Pavloski and Klemick allegedly abandoned the vehicle along a rocky path behind homes along Tiffany Lane in Wilburton near Pavloski's former residence. Police found the vehicle and located Pavloski and Klemick a short time later in the home.

The baby was turned over to his grandfather, Kerry Klemick, 57, of 222 Second St., Wilburton. The child was later placed in the care of his father, Thomas Stanton, of Shenandoah, according to Kerry Klemick.