A Pennsylvania fugitive was arrested in the Montgomery County town of Root on Friday, apprehended after his ride ended up in a ditch, according to a state police news release issued today.
State police in Fonda first saw the disabled vehicle on the shoulder of State Highway 162 in the town of Root. The driver, Crystal Johnson, told the trooper that she had lost control of the vehicle and struck a ditch, damaging her vehicle.
When the trooper asked for identification for an accident report, Johnson and a male passenger gave inconsistent information as to his identity. After Johnson consented to a search of the vehicle, the trooper found a loaded .45 Glock handgun. At that time, a patrol from state police barracks in Cobleskill arrived to to assist.
After further investigation, the troopers learned the passenger — Sherman Wilbourne, 29, of Scranton — was a fugitive from justice for an arrest warrant out of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Wilbourne was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, false personation and fugitive of justice.
A Pennsylvania newspaper reported March 2 that city police were looking for Wilbourne earlier this month after he was believed to have fired a gun inside a Pennsylvania apartment complex during a domestic dispute.
After his arrest Friday, Wilbourne was arraigned in Root Town Court and sent without bail to Montgomery County Jail. He is scheduled to reappear in court at 7 p.m. tonight.
Johnson was issued traffic tickets stemming from her property damage accident.