Driver in custody after chase; officer injured
Police take a suspect into custody in Bowmanstown Sunday night after a chase from Lehighton through Mahoning and East Penn townships and Palmerton. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
A driver is in custody and a police officer injured after a high-speed chase Sunday night in Carbon County.
The incident started in Lehighton about 9:30 p.m. when a borough police officer attempted to stop a vehicle on Iron Street.
The driver fled west on Iron, where he made a left turn onto south Ninth street. He then turned right onto Route 443 west into Mahoning Township to the village of Normal Square where he then turned left onto Fritz Valley Road.
The chase then turned left onto Church Hill Road in East Penn Township, traveling to Route 895. The driver turned left onto Route 895 east into the borough of Bowmanstown.
He then fled east on Route 248 into Palmerton where he then turned onto Mauch Chunk Road racing back into Bowmanstown where he encountered a flat front tire.
He pulled into the Bowmanstown Diner parking lot and ran from the car. The man was taken into custody and then evaluated by Lehighton paramedics before being transported to a hospital.
The officer was also transported to a hospital for treatment of his injury.