ALLENTOWN , Pa. | A Whitehall Township man and his friend were allegedly taking cocaine and synthetic pot before he tried to outrun police and drove through an Allentown dog park, crashing into Trout Creek.
Pennsylvania State Police arrested Eric Marcial and Jayson Zayas after an early-morning chase through Allentown that saw Marcial drive through the Dixon Street dog park before leading troopers on a foot chase through a nearby field.
District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 30-year-old Marcial and the 23-year-old Zayas later that morning on drug, disorderly conduct and related charges, setting bail for each man at $50,000.
Shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police spotted a silver Jaguar speeding south on Mack Boulevard near Vine Street in Allentown. Troopers said the vehicle was drifting out of its lane and matched the description of a car pursued about an hour earlier by the South Whitehall Township Police Department, according to court records.
It’s not clear from court records why South Whitehall Township police had been pursuing the car.
State police followed the car and initiated a traffic stop after the driver tried to make a U-turn on Mack Boulevard. As a trooper approached the car, the driver – later identified as Marcial – sped away in reverse before speeding north on Mack Boulevard.
The driver led police on a chase along Vine Street, South Delaware Street and Dixon Street before running a stop sign, jumping the curb at Dixon and South Delaware streets and driving through the dog park, according to records. After the car crashed into Trout Creek, Marcial and Zayas jumped out of the car and allegedly led police on a foot chase across the creek into an open field along Mack Boulevard.
Troopers caught the pair after a roughly 100-yard chase. Once in custody, Zayas allegedly told police that he and Marcial had been taking cocaine and “K2” earlier that night. Authorities said a search of the vehicle allegedly turned up a baggie of cocaine and a separate baggie of synthetic marijuana.
Both men face two counts each of possession of a controlled substance and single counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Police also charged Marcial with a felony count of fleeing and eluding and five summary traffic offenses.
Neither Marcial, of Jordan Drive in Whitehall Township, nor Zayas, of South Fifth Street in Allentown, posted bail. Both were sent to Lehigh County Jail to await preliminary hearings scheduled for Jan. 21.