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Accused drunk driver nearly collides with police, crashes into tree

Authorities subdue suspect with Taser after he ran

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Police allege a Northampton County man nearly collided head-on with a police car before crashing his car into a tree in an early-morning drunk-driving wreck.

Authorities charged Douglas M. Kindt, of Mikol Lane in Lower Nazareth Township, with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and fleeing police in connection with the chase Tuesday in Bethlehem. District Judge Wayne Maura arraigned the 32-year-old, setting bail at $50,000.

A Bethlehem officer on routine patrol was parked in the 500 block of Eighth Avenue shortly after midnight Tuesday, when he heard a vehicle bottom out. An orange Suzuki SX4 then sped by without its headlights turned on, according to court records.

When police tried to pull the car over, the driver allegedly sped away, ignoring at least five stop signs, police said. The officer lost sight of the Suzuki at West Lehigh Street and 13th Avenue, but another officer found it at 10th Avenue and Calypso Avenue crashed into a tree with the engine running and the driver’s side door wide open.

Neither the driver, nor the second officer were present. That’s because the officer, who was nearly struck head-on by the Suzuki, was busy chasing down Kindt in the 110 block of Calypso Avenue, according to court records.

The officer watched as Kindt allegedly crashed his car and took off on foot. He ignored commands to stop, resisted arrest and was eventually subdued with a Taser, police said.

A witness reportedly heard the crash and saw Kindt allegedly run from the wreck.

Authorities said Kindt, who had glassy bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, allegedly muttered about being drunk and having four drinks. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Police said a search of the wrecked vehicle turned up five syringes and Drostanolone Propnate and Proviron Mesterolone, two types of anabolic steroid. What officer didn’t find was proof of insurance.

Kindt faces a felony count of fleeing from police, misdemeanor counts of DUI, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and a dozen summary traffic offenses. He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 25.

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