A Lehigh County man caused quite a commotion in Rush Township Thursday morning, and police indicated he was possibly while under the influence of some type of drug.
Township police were dispatched to Marian Avenue at 8:50 a.m. when a resident called to report that a white male had just parked a white Subaru in the middle of the roadway, then began throwing trash on the road and in the woods.
The witness also said the male threw a bottle of soda at a parked vehicle and issued threats to the onlooker.
As police were dealing with that scene they received a call about a motor vehicle accident on Mahanoy Avenue, near Cal's Auto Parts. A black vehicle had reportedly struck a sign.
A dispatcher at the Schuylkill County Communications Center relayed that the male driver had exited the vehicle and was on foot.
Additional reports began coming in about a male banging on doors and smashing things on Ryan Avenue. Cpl. Duane Frederick arrived on scene and observed a male, identified as Andrew H. Alatorre, 24, of Allentown, smash some property on Chestnut Street. Alatorre ignored police commands and Frederick resolved the situation by deploying his Taser.
The defendant was taken into custody and transported to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, for treatment and drug testing.
Upon further investigation Frederick discovered that Alatorre had taken a black 2006 Toyota from a lot at Air Products and Chemicals. He then drove the stolen vehicle to Marian Catholic High School, where he drove onto the football field, did several laps around the field, then crashed through a fence as he exited the property. This was done in the moments leading up to the crash at Cal's Auto Parts.
Alatorre faces felony charges of stolen vehicle, receiving stolen property, and misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, making terroristic threats, resisting arrest and several summary offenses.
Also assisting were police officers from Tamaqua and Coaldale.