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Driver in chase through Lehigh, Berks counties still at large

Driver in chase through Lehigh, Berks counties still at large

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The driver of a car that led police on a 25-mile chase through parts of Lehigh and Berks counties remains at large.

"Racing...I mean he was flying," said witness Maurine Callmann.

Police said the pursuit began in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County, when officers tried to stop a green BMW for speeding.

The driver, described as a thin black man about six feet tall and in his 20s, reportedly fled to Kutztown.

Witnesses said the fugitive was driving recklessly down Main Street and other residential roads before hitting a car.

"He clipped the back of my car, bounced off of me and it didn't even slow him down. He kept flying up the street," said David Kresge, who fortunately was not hurt.

"He had no regard for anyone. He was running top speed. It was scary," said Kresge.

Police said the driver then fled to residential Muhlenberg Township via Route 222 South, where he jumped from the car and fled into woods.

The car then struck the corner of a home in the 700 block of West Bellevue Avenue. Ron Weitzel was inside at the time, but fortunately uninjured.

"[I] felt it and heard the thump and then I heard all of the sirens," said Weitzel.

Officers pursued the fugitive on foot with K-9 units, but the driver got away and the search was called off, police said.

"He's around yet somewhere. It's kind of uneasy feeling," said Weitzel. "[I] keep the doors locked now, the cars locked now... about all we can do."

Upper Macungie Deputy Chief Joseph Wilson told 69 News that the owner of the vehicle was identified but that owner was not behind the wheel. Wilson said that driver remains at large and the investigation continues.

Wilson could not confirm whether the BMW was stolen from the owner. He said the vehicle was not reported as stolen at the time of the stop.


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