Man leads troopers on chase
SELINSGROVE - State police say a Bloomsburg man led troopers on a low speed chase in Snyder and Northumberland counties and at one point stopped the vehicle and held two knives to his own throat.
Police had already identified Charles F. Horrax Jr., 44, with a last known address of 820 Railroad St., when the decision was made to end a pursuit. The seriousness of his violation and the potential to hurt innocent bystanders prompted the decision, according to a press release from Trooper Matthew Miller, state police at Selinsgrove.
The public is warned to use extreme caution if they encounter Horrax as it is believed he is still armed with at least one large knife and may be suicidal, Miller said.
Miller attempted to initiate a traffic stop at 3:30 p.m. on a blue Ford minivan 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 after about two miles when he allegedly held the 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.
Anyone with information or encounters with Horrax are asked to call police at 570-374-8145.