Lewistown man pleads guilty to attempting to elude police

LEWISTOWN — Jarrett R. Bickel, 25, of McVeytown, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one felony count fleeing/attempting to elude police and one misdemeanor count driving under the influence.

In June, Bickel was reportedly operating a black motorcycle and traveling south on Ferguson Valley road, when he accelerated away from police after the officers activated their vehicle emergency lights and motioned for Bickel to stop. Police later observed the motorcycle that Bickel was reportedly operating, sitting in a driveway on Ferguson Valley road, court documents indicate.

Upon police locating Bickel inside of the Ferguson Valley road residence, Bickel produced a valid Class C Pennsylvania driver’s license and admitted to not having a valid Class M license, as well as being the operator of the motorcycle at the time of the encounter, court documents state. Police had Bickel perform standardized field sobriety tests and determined Bickel to be intoxicated, according to court documents. Bickel was transported back to the police station where a drug recognition evaluator assessment was conducted, concluding that Bickel was incapable of driving safely. Bickel was subsequently transported to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital for a blood draw, which showed clonazepam in his system, court documents indicate.

President Judge David Barron ordered a record check for Bickel and scheduled him for sentencing on Oct. 19.


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