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Cyclist jailed after chase

Published April 12. 2011 05:00PM

A Lehigh County driver was jailed on Monday, April 11, after fleeing police. State police at Lehighton said the incident began about 11:20 a.m. along SR248 westbound near Bowmanstown.

Troopers said Thomas L. Erzak, 22, of Whitehall, was observed opearting a 2009 Yamaha FZ-1S motrocycle in an erratic manner about a half-mile east of Bowmanstown. Troopers attempted to pull him over with emergency lights and siren activated but Erzak sped away.

Erzak fled at an excessive rate of speed. Speeds reached 125 miles-per-hour at one point, troopers said, before the suspect stopped about three miles from the initial point of when troopers attempted to stop him and near State Road in Franklin Township.

It was determined that Erzak was operating the cycle with a suspended license due to a related driving under the influence (DUI) offense.

Erzak was taken into custody and charged with driving under suspension-DUI related, fleeing and eluding police and numerous motor vehicle code violations. He was arraigned before District Judge Bruce Appleton, of Palmerton, and committed to the county prison in Nesquehoning in lieu of $25,000 straight cash bail.

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