New Castle News


June 24, 2014

Man surrenders after fleeing police

NEW CASTLE — A man police had tried to pull over for a vehicle violation allegedly got out of his car and ran.

New Castle officers ultimately caught up with Michael A. Crafton, 41, of 106 N. Crawford Ave. after surrounding his house.

Police said Crafton had been driving on the city’s Lower East Side around 10 p.m. Sunday in a white Nissan Maxima with a loud exhaust and a rear window covered with white plastic.

As they tried to pull him over, officers said, he accelerated to high speed, sped down an alley, then turned into his driveway. He got out of the car and ran into the back door of the house, police said.

Officers formed a perimeter around the house and he surrendered after about 10 minutes, police reported.

His car was impounded after police learned his license is suspended and he was wanted on a warrant.

He is charged with fleeing and eluding police, flight to avoid apprehension, reckless driving, careless driving, obstructed window and driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked.

He was arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who set his bond at $1,000.

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