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ALLENTOWN, Pa. | An Allentown teen is facing assault charges after allegedly hitting a bicyclist with his car.

About 1 p.m. June 26, Allentown police were dispatched to the 500 block of North Howard Street to investigate a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. The victim alleged that Marquis A. Pettis chased him in a car and intentionally hit him with the vehicle as he fled on his bicycle, according to the criminal complaint.

Police said the collision occurred at North Peach and Andrew streets.

The victim’s injuries and the damage to his bicycle were consistent with being hit by a car, according to court records. Police said the victim sustained injuries to his legs.

Court records do not indicate how Pettis knows the victim or why he was chasing the victim.

Authorities charged Pettis, of Lehigh Street, with two felony counts of aggravated assault and single counts of simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. District Judge Patricia Engler arraigned the 18-year-old late Tuesday afternoon, setting bail at $100,000.

Pettis failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 22.

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