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Allentown man who ran from traffic stop arrested two days later

Police say they found an array of drugs in his car

An Allentown man is facing charges in two counties after allegedly running from a traffic stop two days before his arrest on drug charges.

David G. Reppert, of the 2200 block of West Highland Street, is facing a felony count of fleeing from police in Lehigh County along with a handful of summary traffic offenses. In Northampton County, police charged the 31-year-old with possession with intent to deliver, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia following his arrest Sunday.

Reppert was arraigned late Sunday night on the charges filed by Fountain Hill police. District Judge Patricia Engler set bail at $50,000. District Judge Nancy Matos Gonzalez arraigned him Tuesday on the charges filed by Bethlehem police, setting bail at $40,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

He’s now in Lehigh County Prison.

Fountain Hill police pulled over Reppert’s Volkswagen Jetta about 8:15 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of Cherokee Street because his tail lights weren’t lit and for speeding in a 25 mph zone, according to court records.

When the officer asked for the driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, Reppert told him that he didn’t have anything of them in the car, but assured him they were all valid, according to records.

A records check showed Reppert’s license and registration were indeed valid. While writing a warning for the traffic violations, Reppert began revving the engine and allegedly sped away onto Fiot Street, police said.

The officer gave chase eventually losing sight of Reppert. Police spotted him again driving north on Mohican Street toward the officer’s car.

Reppert allegedly turned the wrong way onto Seneca Street, which is a one-way street. The officer reportedly watched as a car pulled to the side to avoid a collision with a speeding Reppert.

The officer again lost sight of the Volkswagen and called off the chase.

Bethlehem police stopped Reppert’s car two days later for malfunctioning taillights and discovered an arrest warrant issued by Fountain Hill police.

A search of the car turned up five hypodermic needles in the glove box, five glass pipes, a cooking spoon, rolling papers, cut plastic straws, 55 Alprazolam pills, five amphetamine and dextroamphetamine pills and 25 packets of crystal meth, according to records.

Reppert’s next court dates are preliminary hearings tentatively scheduled for Feb. 6 and 13.

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