New Castle News

September 18, 2013

Bystander helps police with arrest

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A man who tried to run after his car crashed into a house was tackled by a witness, police said.

New Castle police Tuesday charged Justin Travis Miller, 20, of 927 Temple Ave., in connection with the accident, which occurred at 925 Raymond St. around 12:15 p.m. Monday.

Police said the wreck occurred after Miller allegedly failed to stop for officers and they tried to pull him over. He drove away in attempt to flee, police said, and as he was going south on Raymond Street, he turned into an alley, lost control of his car and struck the front porch of the house. The car then flipped onto the passenger side’s two wheels, then landed back on all four wheels, police said.

As the officer got out and ran toward the wrecked car, he said, he saw Miller get out and try to run, only to be tackled by a bystander.

When Miller was taken into custody, officers found a plastic bag of suspected heroin totaling 3.7 grams, eight more bags of heroin totaling 2.7 grams, a bag of suspected marijuana, $1,108 and multiple prescription pills in his pockets.

Police learned Miller was wanted on a warrant from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. He allegedly told police inside the cruiser that he was high.

A woman who was sitting on the porch at 625 Raymond St. complained of right arm pain. As police were attending to her, Miller, who was in the back of a patrol car, removed his handcuffs and officers had to recuff him, they said.

Miller was taken to Jameson Hospital for drug testing.

He was arraigned yesterday before District Judge David B. Rishel on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, driving without a license, driving under the influence, driving while impaired, fleeing and eluding a police officer, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana and traffic violations.

At the time of his arrest, he was wanted on a warrant for drug charges filed last month.

He is being held in the Lawrence County jail on $100,000 bond, pending a preliminary hearing Tuesday.