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High speed pursuit lands jail time

By Staff | May 15, 2017

MONTGOMERY – Merrill Donald Fisher II was in a hurry to get to jail after he was taken into custody following a high-speed pursuit that ended when his vehicle crashed into two trees at Routes 15 and 54 in Clinton Township about 2 a.m. April 29, according to Montgomery police.

During the pursuit, which began in the area of North Main and Penn streets in the borough, speeds reached in excess of 75-plus mph, police said.

“Take me right to jail,” Fisher, 26, told as officer, admitting he was intoxicated, according to an affidavit.

The officer noticed that Fisher’s speech was slurred, and he detected a strong odor of alcohol on the man’s breath.

While being questioned by District Judge Gary A. Whiteman during his arraignment, Fisher became impatient.

“I don’t care. I’m going to jail. Let’s finish (up) so I can get to bed,” Fisher, of 831 Faxon Parkway, Williamsport, told the judge.

Following his arraignment on charges of fleeing police, driving under the intoxicants, reckless driving and careless driving, Fisher was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.