Mount Carmel man sends police on 2nd chase in 24 hours
MOUNT CARMEL - For the second time in less than 24 hours, local police officers were involved in a foot pursuit that ended in a suspect's capture.
Brandon Chapman, 18, of South Walnut Street, Mount Carmel, led officers on a 25-minute chase through several properties in the northeast section of the borough after Mount Carmel Patrolman David Donkochik attempted to arrest him on a warrant issued earlier that day for violating parole.
After encountering Chapman at Fourth and Chestnut streets at 4:20 p.m., Donkochik explained to Chapman there is a warrant for his arrest.
"When I went to put handcuffs on him he ran," Donkochik said.
Chapman was caught on a culm bank north of Midway Field about 4:45 p.m. after constable Larry Rompallo and officers from Mount Carmel, Mount Carmel Township, Ralpho Township and Kulpmont surrounded the area.
He was placed into a Ralpho Township cruiser and driven to the borough police station. Chapman was later transported to Northmberland County Prison in Sunbury.
On Oct. 27, in front of Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones, Chapman waived to court charges of theft and receiving stolen property filed by Mount Carmel Officer Jason Drumheller. He is accused of stealing several types of coins from his mother, Angela Chapman, at their home on Sept. 19.
Police said charges are pending for the latest incident, including resisting arrest and hindering apprehension or prosecution.
The Mount Carmel Police Department thanked residents for reporting several sightings of Chapman, which police said led to his eventual arrest.