Avonmore man turns himself in to police after all-night search
An Avonmore man turned himself in to police shortly before noon Thursday after authorities spent the night combing the woods around Freeport for him.
Freeport Police Chief Jeff Swiklinski said police searched for Charles Limberg Jr., 48, of Reeds Lane, since shortly before 1 a.m. when he allegedly assaulted an officer, crashed his car and fled into the woods surrounding Freeport Community Park.
The incident began when a police officer noticed Limberg in the park after it closed, Swiklinski said.
The officer suspected Limberg was intoxicated and when he began to question the man, Limberg refused to comply and struggled with the officer, Swiklinski said.
Limberg got into his car and tried to drive away, but crashed into a fence and then ran, Swiklinski said.
Officers searched the woods, fearing that Limberg could be injured, the chief said.
Police were joined by firefighters at about 6 a.m. and called for a state police helicopter shortly before Limberg turned up about noon at the police station in Freeport, Swiklinski said.
Police charged Limberg with aggravated assault, escape, resisting arrest, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, hit and run, drunken driving, fleeing and eluding police.
"At this point, he's very apologetic," Swiklinski said.
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