After eluding police in New York and Pennsylvania for five days, an alleged car thief surrendered himself to police in Bradford, PA. James Dean Peters III, 21, was arrested on Thursday, June 30 for reckless driving and a host of other charges.
Just after midnight on Friday, June 24, police in Bradford observed a white 2016 Porsche SUV traveling without its lights on. When an officer attempted to perform a traffic stop, the vehicle fled. A high-speed chase ensued through several Pennsylvania counties and eventually into New York State via US 219. Peters abandoned the vehicle along US 219 in Limestone, NY and fled on foot into a wooded area. He remained at large.
Meanwhile, officers on scene took two juvenile female passengers into custody. No charges have been filed against them, though an investigation is ongoing.
The juveniles identified Peters and a felony warrant was issued for his arrest. The warrant included charges of reckless endangerment, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, corruption of minors, and receiving stolen property, as well as for numerous summary traffic offenses.
Peters eluded police for five days while they worked with community members to determine his whereabouts. A private citizen reward of $5,000 was offered for information that led to his arrest. Although police never spotted Peters, they believe the constant surveillance of known hangouts put pressure on him to surrender peacefully.
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