WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. | Authorities allege a South Whitehall Township man caused a head-on collision, nearly hit a police officer and crashed into a utility before finally getting his car stuck and trying to outrun police.
David Lowy faces reckless endangerment and fleeing and eluding charges following a chaotic scene Sunday night in the 1200 block of Catasauqua Road in Whitehall Township. The 57-year-old was arraigned the following morning on a dozen charges and in three other 2018 cases in which he’s accused of running from police.
Court records provide a Maria Lane address for Lowy along with listing him as homeless.
Whitehall Township police were dispatched to a home 1200 block of Catasauqua Road just before 9:15 p.m. for a report of a residential alarm. An officer arrived to find a white car parked on Catasauqua Road not far from the alarm call, according to court records.
After the officer stepped out of his vehicle and turned on his flashlight, the driver – later identified as Lowy – allegedly sped past the officer into oncoming traffic and collided head on with another vehicle, according to records.
Police said Lowy began “stomping on the gas” while his car was in park. As he yelled at the officer, Lowy allegedly refused to get out of the car, continued to stomp on the gas and ignored orders to get out of the vehicle before throwing the car in reverse and nearly hitting the officer.
Authorities allege Lowy sped north on Catasauqua Road, hitting a utility pole at the intersection with Orchard Drive. A witness began following Lowy’s vehicle and alerted an officer that the car was near First Avenue and Arey Lane.
Lowy refused to stop for police and began honking his horn at the vehicles in front of him. He allegedly ignored two stop signs and nearly struck a police cruiser head on. His car eventually became stuck, and Lowy tried to run but was caught. Police allege they found methamphetamine in his wallet.
It’s not clear from court records whether Lowy had anything to do with the house alarm that initially prompted the police response.
He now faces a felony count of flight to avoid apprehension and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. He also faces single misdemeanor counts of fleeing or eluding and causing an accident involving damage along with six summary traffic offenses.
District Judge Michael Faulkner arraigned Lowy Monday morning, setting bail at $25,000. He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing.
Police in three different municipalities also allege 2018 was a busy year for Lowy.
On Oct. 8, 2018, Allentown police were dispatched to the Speedway at 702 N. 19th St. about 1:30 a.m. to check on a vehicle parked for an “unreasonable amount of time” at the gas pumps. An officer pulled up behind the pickup truck, and the driver allegedly took off when he spotted police. The driver, later identified as Lowy, sped away and nearly crashed into another arriving police car.
About 2 a.m. Oct. 1, South Whitehall Township police noticed the gate of a self-storage facility at 1925 Route 309 was open. The facility closes at 8 p.m.
Police allegedly discovered Lowy inside and discovered several arrest warrants. When a second officer arrived, he allegedly sped away on Route 309, ignoring a red light at Pope Road. He allegedly led five police vehicles on a chase, which authorities terminated on Route 22 at 15th Street for safety reasons.
And on June 5, Coopersburg police stopped Lowy for allegedly driving with a suspended registration. Authorities also discovered a Berks County arrest warrant for him and that he’d been driving for more than a year without insurance.
When asked to step out of his pickup truck, Lowy allegedly said, “I’m sorry” and sped away. The officer gave chase but couldn’t catch Lowy.
He faces another three counts of fleeing and eluding and 10 other summary offenses. Faulker set bail in those cases at a combined $30,000.