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Caught on camera: Police chase in Leesport

Caught on camera: Police chase in...

LEESPORT, Pa. - A 69 News viewer was recording as a car went airborne during a high-speed chase, with police hot on the driver's heels.

Police did eventually catch the guy who was behind the wheel of that car, but they said they still aren't quite sure why he ran.

The man who recorded the video said he saw the speeding car and police chasing it several times before he pulled out his phone. He said the entire thing lasted about 15 or 20 minutes.

"I seen a cop go up the alley down here. I seen one fly down through here," said Carl Drivel, a Leesport resident.

People were still in shock Monday, after looking out their windows early Sunday morning and seeing a car zooming down the street, being followed by police.

"We just heard sirens and then we got up and seen police going up and down chasing somebody," said Drivel.

It all went down around 6:30 a.m. in the Leesport Gardens neighborhood. Authorities said a police officer tried to stop a man who was driving erratically when the driver took off.

"He went back to his patrol car and gave chase," said Det. Sgt. Michael Hoffert, Bern Township Police Department. "The patrol officer was pursuing the suspect vehicle throughout the streets and the alleys."

The driver made a quick turn and lost both police cars that were tailing him, one from Bern Township and the other from Northern Berks Regional police. The officers later found the car abandoned behind a building.

"The vehicle was impounded," said Hoffert. "They had a K-9 unit from Exeter Township Police Department come out, attempted to do a track on the vehicle, on the suspect."

The driver, who police have identified as 22-year-old Jordan Quinter, later turned himself in.   

Police say charges against Quinter are pending.

When he was questioned by police and asked why he ran, police said he said he was scared and just took off.

Police are in the process of getting a search warrant for the car he was driving.

Several neighbors watched the video. They said it's concerning.

"We do have kids in the neighborhood, and I'd be afraid if they'd be out on the street," said neighbor Anna Heffner.


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