Whitehall Township police car

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - A man is facing charges after a crash in Whitehall Township early Wednesday morning.

Shortly after 1 a.m., a Whitehall officer patrolling on MacArthur Road was passed by a vehicle driving at an excessive speed, police said in a news release.

The officer tried to catch the vehicle, but it crashed with another car near the intersection of MacArthur and Mickley roads. The officer trying to stop the vehicle said he was doing about 80 mph as the other vehicle continued to outdistance police, according to court records.

Police said the driver, later identified as David McFadden, hit the back of an SUV and then "violently fishtailed" across both lanes of traffic, hitting the SUV a second time.

McFadden, then fled the scene on foot, but was caught shortly after, police said. Authorities allege they found marijuana and 32 packets of crack weighing about 6 grams.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital and both vehicles were towed from the crash scene, police said. 

McFadden was treated and released from the hospital, then taken to Lehigh County Central Booking Center to await arraignment on numerous charges. Authorities did not comment on the extent of the other driver's injuries.

Police charged McFadden with single felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and fleeing and eluding. He also faces a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession and six summary traffic offenses.

District Judge Michael D'Amore arraigned the 28-year-old Wednesday morning, setting bail at $40,000. After failing to post bail, McFadden was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 16.