A man who allegedly led officers on a chase while driving a stolen motorcycle is facing a slew of charges, police said.
It all started around 11 p.m. Thursday when police saw the motorcycle hit a pedestrian crosswalk sign while trying to go around a pickup truck near South 1st Street and Broadway in Bangor, Northampton Co.
Ronaldo R. Alvarez, the motorcycle's operator, fled on Route 191 into neighboring Washington Township, lost control of the bike near the intersection with Municipal Drive, and then fled on foot, police said.
The Bushkill Township K9 unit and Pen Argyl police joined in the search for Alvarez, who was taken into custody after walking out of a wooded area, officials said.
At the scene, Alvarez, a suspected gang member, told police, "I wish I had my gun on me so I could have shot you [police]. I don't want to go back to jail."
Alvarez was taken to a hospital for treatment, and Easton police verified that the motorcycle was stolen, according to court documents.
Alvarez, 23, of Easton, was arraigned Sunday on charges of reckless driving, fleeing police, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and driving without a license. He was committed to the Northampton County Prison $35,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 1.