Julio Gonzalez

WILSON BOROUGH, Pa. | Authorities have apprehended a Bethlehem man who allegedly nearly ran down a police officer trying to arrest him on assault charges.

Wilson Borough police have arrested Julio L. Gonzalez on domestic assault charges and in connection with last week's chase that led authorities into Easton. District Judge Richard Yetter arraigned the 22-year-old Monday afternoon on three sets of charges, setting bail at a combined $240,000.

Wilson police announced last week that officers responded to a domestic disturbance call in the 1900 block of Ferry Street shortly before 9 p.m. Dec. 4. A officer reportedly spotted Gonzalez getting into a vehicle, according to a news release from police.

Wilson police were familiar with Gonzalez as he had two active domestic assault-related warrants against him.

Police tried to stop Gonzalez, but he allegedly sped away, leading the officer into Easton. Gonzalez ran several stop signs and drove the wrong way down a one-way street, police said. Police lost sight of him, but he was spotted again in his vehicle on North Peach Street, authorities said.

The officer got out of his car to try to stop Gonzalez, but he sped toward the officer, who had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit, according to police.

Easton police later found Gonzalez's car in the 1100 block of Spring Garden Street, but Gonzalez was not inside.

Gonzalez now faces single felony counts of aggravated assault and fleeing and eluding. He also faces two counts of simple assault and single counts of reckless endangerment, theft, harassment - all misdemeanors - and a handful of summary offenses.

Gonzalez failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 19.