TILDEN TWP., Pa. - A man accused of stealing a car and leading state police on a high-speed chase was ordered by a judge Monday to stand trial.
Jaquan Grandy of Inwood, New York, was in court for his preliminary hearing on a long list of charges, including aggravated and simple assault, careless and reckless driving, and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.
The judge also lowered his bail from $500,000 to $50,000.
State police said they were notified by OnStar on the afternoon of June 7 that a stolen vehicle was heading east on Interstate 78 near Hamburg.
As troopers attempted to stop the car near Exit 29, the driver, later identified as Grandy, accelerated at a high rate of speed, making an abrupt turn onto the off-ramp to North Fourth Street in the borough, police said.
Grandy then turned onto Port Clinton Avenue and sped through the parking lot of the Hamburg Market before crashing into the state police cruiser, driven by Trooper Michael Koslosky, as the suspect attempted to exit the parking lot onto North Fourth Street, police said.
Both vehicles struck an unoccupied mail truck.
Both Koslosky and Grandy were transported by ambulance to Reading Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Both the state police cruiser and the stolen car were totaled; the mail truck was heavily damaged.
Allentown, PA 18102