SUNBURY — A 38-year-old Selinsgrove man pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor of flight to avoid apprehension and was sentenced by Northumberland County Judge Paige Rosini to time served (118 days) to 23 months in county prison.
Rosini imposed the sentence on Joseph Scott Krum in connection with an April 16 high-speed chase that started in Mount Carmel.
Krum is accused of driving more than 100 mph while fleeing police in the borough and neighboring townships.
Krum, who remains incarcerated in Northumberland County Jail, was ordered to pay a $250 fine plus costs.
Additional charges were not prosecuted.
He was initially charged by Mount Carmel Patrolman Jonathan McHugh with a felony of fleeing or attempting to elude police, misdemeanors of resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia and summaries of reckless driving, careless driving, speeding, driving without lights to avoid identification, driving without lights during nighttime hours, driving at an unsafe speed and driving without a license.
According to a criminal complaint, Mount Carmel Patrolman Jeremy Talanca attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a maroon Hyundai Sonata operated by Krum at 8:49 p.m. for driving without his headlights activated and traveling at a high rate of speed at Fifth and Lemon streets.
Talanca activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the car, but Krum failed to pull over and traveled out of the borough to the area of Route 61 and Big Mine Run Road at speeds in excess of 100 mph, police said.
McHugh said Krum then failed to negotiate a turn and his car traveled onto a patch of grass before coming to rest after hitting a tree. Krum fled into the nearby woods.
A search was conducted by multiple officers, who located Krum and took him into custody after the defendant resisted arrest. Officer Kyle Schauer deployed pepper spray on Krum to get him under control.
Upon searching Krum, police located a syringe in his pocket.