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Driver leads cops on high-speed pursuit in Northumberland County

A man with outstanding warrants crashed into a police vehicle and led officers on a chase in the Shamokin area.

SHAMOKIN, Pa. — Police in Northumberland County are looking for a man who rammed a police vehicle and led police on a high-speed chase.

Jarrett Castelonia, 42, of Danville, already had a warrant out for his arrest when Shamokin police spotted him Wednesday afternoon.

When they tried to stop him, they say Castelonia rammed his pickup into the police car multiple times with the officer inside.

"At that point, the male refused to follow commands. He backed the pickup truck he was driving backwards, then put it in drive and accelerated forward, ramming the cruiser," said Shamokin Police Chief Ray Siko.

The chief said it did not stop there.

"He actually rammed the cruiser three separate times."

Police say Castelonia led officers on a pursuit through the streets of Shamokin, reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour. Castelonia not only drove over the front end of the police cruiser, but he also hit at least four parked cars and caused at least four separate crashes.

"We have people walking the city streets, going to our normal parks, just residents out and about. There's a lot of traffic at that time, just coming home from work. He pretty much put this whole city in danger at that point with his decisions."

Castelonia is no stranger to pursuits. In 2017, he led police on a wild chase through Northumberland County with nearly three dozen farm animals inside his vehicle. That time he and another man were arrested.

This time, officers eventually ended the pursuit due to rain and danger.

Chief Siko gives credit to his department, as no one was hurt.

"These officers were faced with what could have ended with a deadly force situation. These officers used phenomenal restraint."

Castelonia faces several charges, including attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer.

He was last seen in a maroon Ford F-350 pickup truck.

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