Wesley C. Eckman, 20, from the 500 Blk. of Marticville Rd. Pequea has been charged with one count of harassment following an incident which occurred on 3/23/19 at approx. 2:45PM, beginning in the area of Marticville Rd. and New Danville Pk. in Pequea Township.
The incident began when Eckman exited his vehicle at a red light to confront the driver in the vehicle behind him for allegedly tailgating him. That driver, a 33 year old female from Holtwood apologized and Eckman returned to his vehicle. The traffic light turned green and both vehicles began traveling south on Marticville Rd. Eckman then pulled his vehicle to the right and the victim went around him as she was unsure of his intentions and did not feel safe stopping behind him. Eckman then began following the victim as the victim continued driving, not feeling safe to stop at her original destination. Eckman followed the victim for several miles as she drove south on Marticville Rd., east on Pennsy Rd., and north on route 272. The victim called 911 and continued west on Long LN. and then south on Millwood Rd. pulling into the parking lot of the Pequea Township Police Department. Eckman drove past the victim as she stopped in the police station parking lot and waved to her.
The Officer on duty was busy on another incident with a juvenile in custody in his police car in the 100 Blk. of West Willow Rd. He was able to immediately contact the female by phone. She advised him that the suspect had driven away and she believed he left the area and that she was going to drive home. Officer Muir stayed on the phone with her to ensure her safety. Shortly after leaving the police station she noticed the suspect was behind her again. Officer Muir was able to direct the victim to drive to his location. Upon her reaching the location Muir walked into the roadway and directed Eckman to stop his vehicle. The victim was able to leave the area safely. The route was later measured and from the original incident until the location where Officer Muir stopped the suspect was a total of 28 miles.
Eckman is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.