High speed bike chase leads to arrest
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
One man is in custody and will be charged in a high speed chase which lead local and state police through two counties. The incident began at 7 a.m. today in Rush township, Schuylkill County when Rush Township police tried to stop two "crotch rockets" which were traveling east on state Rt. 54 at a very high rate of speed. Rush township police immediately notified the Carbon County Communications Center which notified the Nesquehoning police. They then joined in the chase which had already passed through the community at speeds in excess of a 100 mph and headed east towards Jim Thorpe. As Jim Thorpe police attempted to stop the two bikers at the intersection of state routes 209 and 903 they turned onto Rt. 903 traveling north towards the Pocono mountains. Kidder and Franklin township police were notified of the chase with Kidder setting up at the state Rt. 903 overpass of the turnpike. They sped past the officer with police in pursuit. As the two bikers entered the intersection with state routes 903 and 54 they turned east on state route 54. After about a mile one of the two failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, sliding off the road into a group of trees. Kidder township police took him into custody after he refused medical treatment. The other biker did not stop to render assistance to his partner. Nesquehoning police took the young man into custody after troopers from Fern Ridge took his information. Nesquehoning police are in charge of the investigation.