Carbon chase ends in Lehigh County
This vehicle was found abandoned on Furnace Road at the intersection with Mountain Road in Washington Township on Sunday night following a high-speed chase that started in Summit Hill and continued throughout several municipalities, before coming to an end in Lehigh County. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
A high-speed chase that started Saturday night in Summit Hill continued throughout several municipalities before coming to an end in Lehigh County.
Borough police Chief Joseph Fittos said the incident began at 9:08 p.m. when an officer was traveling along Richards Avenue when a vehicle came toward him and nearly hit the officer head-on, traveling at a high rate of speed.
Fittos said the suspect continued to drive the vehicle with the lights out and didn’t stop for any stop signs, before making a right onto Route 902 down Bugzy’s Mountain into Mahoning Township, at which time other units were called to assist.
Once the vehicle was stuck in traffic, the driver saw police and began driving erratically with the lights out, passing vehicles, and running stop signs, as the suspect took off and ended up on Route 443 toward Lehighton, Fittos said.
At that point, he said Mahoning and Lehighton police departments assisted with trying to apprehend the vehicle.
An officer saw the car had struck a tree and continued driving on Troxell Road in East Penn Township, Fittos said.
He said the officer continued the pursuit, where he found the vehicle abandoned on Furnace Road at the intersection with Mountain Road in Washington Township.
The vehicle was locked up, said Fittos, who added that it was then impounded.
There were no injuries during the incident that police are aware of, he said.
The incident remains under investigation, Fittos said.
Also assisting were Bethlehem State Police, Lehighton State Police, Mahoning Township police, Lehighton police and Palmerton police departments.