Pennsylvania State Police

L. MILFORD TWP., Pa. | Pennsylvania State Police said they identified the man accused of driving a stolen pickup this summer after they found a bag of letters and legal documents bearing his name once he ditched the hot truck.

Authorities charged Austintino X. Gonzalez with reckless endangerment and fleeing and eluding after allegedly hopping out of a stolen pickup truck and disappearing into thick underbrush in Lower Milford Township last July. He was finally apprehended and arraigned Tuesday morning by District Judge Daniel Trexler, who set bail at $50,000.

About 1:30 p.m. July 9, a Pennsylvania State Police trooper was on the lookout for a stolen truck in the area of Limeport Pike and Dillengersville Road in Lower Milford Township after the Central Bucks Regional Police Department reported it may be in the area.

Authorities reported the blue pickup was spray painted black and possibly driven by Gonzalez, according to court records.

As he turned from Spinnerstown Road onto Plover Lane, the trooper reported spotting the suspect truck at the other end of the road, according to records. That’s when the driver threw the truck in reverse and drove through a stop sign at Chestnut Church Hill Road, police said.

The trooper gave chase and eventually found the truck, with the driver’s door open, abandoned in the 8100 block of Chestnut Church Hill Road. The spray-painted Ford F150 was still in drive and rolling downhill until it struck and embankment and stopped, police said.

The trooper said he spotted a pair of flip flops and trash in the middle of the road and eventually spotted a man later identified as Gonzalez running in a gully along the road. When the trooper ordered the man to stop, he allegedly slowed down, looked right at him and took off running.

The 21-year-old allegedly evaded capture in the thick brush.

The truck’s license plate came back to a car, and the vehicle identification number, which had been spray painted, came back as the stolen truck.

A search of the truck turned up a bag of letters and legal documents allegedly belonging to Gonzalez.

He now faces single felony counts of receiving stolen property and altering a vehicle identification number, along with misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and fleeing and eluding and eight summary traffic offenses. Gonzalez, no fixed address, failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 20.