State police escort John Slusarik after arresting him in Wilkes-Barre Friday.Ed Lewis/The Times Leader
LAUREL RUN – A Wilkes-Barre man was arrested on charges he threatened to kill his estranged girlfriend and rammed an ATV into a police cruiser early Friday morning.
John Slusarik, 36, of 281 S. Sheridan St., was charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, driving under the influence and accidents involving damage to an attended vehicle.
He was jailed at Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.
State police at Wyoming say Slusarik threatened his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Cornell, and her boyfriend, David Koviack, outside of a mobile home at 361 Laurel Run Estates.
Slusarik struck an ATV into a responding police car before fleeing in a wooded area.
According to the criminal complaint:
Trooper Jerome A. Yeninas responded to the mobile home park for a report of a disturbance around 6:20 p.m. The victims alleged Slusarik was screaming, banging and kicking Cornell’s boyfriend’s front door.
Slusarik fled prior to police arrival in an unregistered ATV, police said.
Police were called out a second time to Laurel Run Estates after learning Slusarik returned.
As Yeninas was returning to the scene, Slusarik was leaving at a high rate of speed on Rabbit Run Road, a roadway that leads to the trailer park.
Slusarik crested the hill, according to police, and struck the passenger side of the police cruiser.
Police said Slusarik then fled into a wooded area with the ATV. Police searched the area but could not locate him.
Slusarik was found hiding under a bed in the basement of his Wilkes-Barre home Friday morning.
A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for April 6 in Central Court.
He was also charged with several summary traffic violations.