HANOVER TWP., Pa. - A wild car chase in Northampton County ended with a car in flames and the driver, a Berks County man, behind bars.
The suspect, Aaron Ibrahem, tore through neighborhoods in Hanover Township on Friday morning, sped across parking lots, and ran several stop signs in the course of the chase, police said.
Police stopped Ibrahem on Route 512, and after officers learned he had no license and the vehicle wasn't registered, they asked him to get out of the car, according to court documents. Instead, he stepped on the gas.
Ibrahem, 23, of Mertztown, sped down Southland Street and then ducked into a residential development on Greenfield Street, according to court documents.
"This morning, I heard the sirens, and I usually ignore them because you hear them all the time," said a woman who wished to remain anonymous. "Then I heard that thud, and you know what that sounds like."
The thud was Ibrahem allegedly crashing into Brad Pendzick's parked car.
"Tail light's broken. The trunk is pretty much busted in," said Pendzick. "That's pretty much the extent of it that I am aware of right now."
Usually, a chase might end there, but Ibrahem continued driving the 2003 Audi through a field at the Hanover Township community park, according to court documents.
There were tire marks in the grass and then leading back to the street. Ibrahem drove through a Wegman's parking lot, over an embankment and just barely missed another vehicle, according to court documents. Even three flat tires couldn't slow down the car.
Ibrahem allegedly sped through a traffic signal and two more stop signs before turning onto Schoenersville Road, where the car eventually stopped and burst into flames.
There was a brief standoff with Ibrahem because he told officers he would shoot them if they used Tasers on him, according to court documents.
Colonial Regional police were able to take him into custody.
Ibrahem was committed to the Northampton County Prison on $75,000 bail. He faces 12 different charges, including aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct.
Allentown, PA 18102