Driver arrested after interstate chase through 4 counties

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A pursuit through four counties, at speeds in excess of 130 mph, ended with the driver in custody.

Abdallah A. Al Widian, 24, of Philadelphia, is facing charges involving the chase and $40,000 worth of untaxed and unstamped cigarettes found in the vehicle, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The pursuit began when PSP troopers in Harrisburg saw a sedan going more than 90 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 81 at about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said the vehicle fled at high speed, continuing north on I-81 and then onto I-78 East, "traveling at times in excess of 130 mph."

Authorities tried unsuccessfully three times to stop the vehicle with spike strips. A fourth attempt with spike strips slowed the sedan and the chase was ended in the area of milepost 54 in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County, near Allentown.

Al Widian resisted arrest while being taken into custody, police said. He was subsequently charged with possession of unstamped cigarettes, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest or other law enforcement, and various traffic offenses.

He was committed to the Dauphin County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Police said the 77-mile pursuit traveled through Dauphin, Lebanon, Berks and Lehigh counties and involved troopers from the Harrisburg, Jonestown, Hamburg, Fogelsville, and Bethlehem stations.

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