Harold Davis Jr. to stand trial in police pursuit, manhunt in southern Berks County
A tractor trailer driver accused of leading police on a pursuit and a nearly 24-hour-long manhunt was in court Tuesday for his preliminary hearing.
A judge ordered Harold Davis Jr. to stand trial on all charges, including an added charge of criminal mischief and an upgraded charge of fleeing police, now a 3rd degree felony.
Davis, of Philadelphia, was behind the wheel of his rig on Nov. 14 when he stopped for a routine truck inspection on Interstate 176 in Caernarvon Township.
Davis handed over his driver's license, which, when processed by police, revealed an outstanding robbery warrant in Florida.
An officer ordered Davis out of the truck's cab. When he didn't comply, police said two officers deployed their Tasers, but Davis apparently wasn't hit.
Davis then drove off, leading officers on a 4-mile pursuit north on I-176 toward Reading, police said.
One of the pursuing officers, police said, managed to get his cruiser in front of the truck to slow it down while officers fired shots at its tires. The truck, twice ramming the police cruiser, eventually veered out of control and hit a guardrail., police said.
Davis, police said, got out of the truck and ran into the woods. He was captured the next day after someone had found evidence of him having slept at an archery club in nearby New Morgan.
Davis is due to appear in court again for his formal arraignment on Dec. 23.
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