First Posted: 1/5/2015
WAVERLY TWP. — Marie O’Connor was on her way to grab coffee and pick up her mother, Dorothy O’Connor, from church shortly after noon on Sunday, Jan. 4. While driving south on North Abington Road, she was surprised to see a truck speed through the stop sign on a corner by the Waverly Community House. Seconds later, she saw a Waverly Twp. police car pursuing the vehicle and shortly after, two South Abington Twp. police cars whizzed by.
“At first I was taken aback,” she said, “and I was like, ‘he’s driving way too fast,’ and then I was like, ‘oh, he’s driving wayyy too fast.’”
According to a Pennsylvania State Police statement released by Community Services Officer Connie Devens, the pursuit began at approximately noonwhen a state trooper from the Dunmore barracks attempted to stop a gray Dodge truck on SR 81 near exit 194 for a traffic violation.
The release states the driver failed to stop when the trooper activated his emergency lights and siren. The trooper then lost sight of the vehicle in the area of SR 407 and SR 632 in Waverly. The vehicle was then observed by a Waverly Police Officer who pursued it, but lost sight of it at SR 524.
Through the investigation, Pa. State Police determined the operator of the truck to be Daniel McMullen III, 26, of Union Dale, who was later located at a residence in Union Dale.
He was charged at approximately 7:40 p.m. with one count each of fleeing or attempting to elude police officer (felony), recklessly endangering another person (misdemeanor), driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked (summary), driving on roadways laned for traffic (summary), driving vehicle at safe speed (summary), careless driving (summary), reckless driving (summary) and operation of vehicle without official certificate of inspection (summary).
McMullen was arraigned at the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office Central Booking-DUI Center by District Magistrate Sean McGraw. Bail was set at $10,000 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. on Jan. 12.