COAL RUN — A 40-year-old Williamsport man is in Northumberland County Jail today after he allegedly crashed his truck into a utility pole along state Route 2026 (Coal Run Road) while under the influence of alcohol, threatened to kill three police officers and spit in two of their faces early Sunday morning.
Jason Q. Lucas is charged by Coal Township Cpl. Joshua Wynn with two felony counts of aggravated harassment by a prisoner, a felony of aggravated assault, three misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, and misdemeanors of driving under the influence of alcohol and simple assault.
The charges relate to incidents that began at 12:02 a.m. when Lucas allegedly drove a black 2002 Chevy Silverado over a stop sign and sheared off a utility pole at 296 State Route 2026 (Coal Run Road) before fleeing the scene.
Wires were torn down in the accident, which caused approximately 50 PPL customers in the area to experience a power outage.
Police said Lucas, who was driving east when the accident occurred, continued east toward Route 901 after the crash.
At about 12:30 a.m., police were notified by a township fire department member, who was directing traffic at the accident, that he spotted a truck with fresh damage to its front end heading back toward the accident scene. The fire department member told police he believed the truck, which was stopped by fire police on Route 2026, was involved in the crash because of the damage.
Wynn and Patrolman David Sage approached the driver of the truck later identified as Lucas and observed the vehicle had significant damage to its front end along with fresh dirt and grass on it.
As Lucas was speaking, Wynn said he could smell an odor of alcohol coming from his breath.
Upon being asked to exit his truck, Lucas claimed the damage was from a previous accident before becoming loud and unruly.
Lucas, who told police he drank three beers, failed field sobriety testing and was placed in handcuffs. Upon being led to the rear of a police car, Lucas began screaming and making racial slurs, sexual comments and threats toward police.
Police said Lucas continued his unruly behavior while cursing at officers and banged his head off a police car window and kicked the window.
While en route to Coal Township Police Station, Wynn said Lucas continued making threats and stated that he was an Aryan and God while making numerous racial slurs.
Upon arriving at the station, Wynn removed Lucas from the police car with the assistance of Shamokin Patrolmen James Filko and Brandon Cohick. As Lucas was walking toward the holding cells at the station, he began to resist police, requiring them to push him down the hall to the cells.
Police reported Lucas placed his leg against a cell to stop him from being placed in the cell and fought with officers who fell on the floor with the defendant.
Police said Lucas then screamed directly at Filko and tried kicking him before threatening to break his jaw. Lucas also is accused of spitting in Filko’s face.
Police reported Lucas continued making threats toward the officers upon being placed in a cell and spit saliva and mucus directly in Wynn’s face.
Lucas was arraigned on the charges by video at 6:30 a.m. by on-call Magisterial District Judge Michael Toomey, of Sunbury, who committed him to jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bail.
Police said Lucas has at least three convictions for DUI offenses.
Assisting police at the accident scene were fire police, Coal Township firefighters and PPL employees. The scene was cleared at 2:30 a.m.
Sunday’s accident took place in the vicinity of a June 7 hit-and-run involving a pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed that crashed into a home at the entrance to Coal Run. The driver of the black Dodge pickup truck, who fled on foot into a nearby wooded area, has still not been identified.
The truck involved in the June 7 accident knocked over four mailboxes, sheared a utility pole in half and crashed into a home at 254 State Route 2026, which has since been torn down.
Anyone with information regarding the June 7 accident is urged to call Coal Township police at 570-644-0333.