Stolen car with handcuffs

BETHLEHEM, Pa. | Authorities allege that a Fountain Hill woman arranged a pot buy for a minor before stealing the dealer’s car and crashing it into a Wyandotte Street house.

Tiana I. Lopez, of Cherokee Street, faces robbery, theft and corruption charges in connection with the alleged weed deal gone wrong early Tuesday morning in Bethlehem. District Judge Nancy Matos Gonzalez arraigned the 20-year-old hours later, setting bail at $75,000.

Bethlehem police report that Lopez arranged a marijuana deal between a juvenile and a dealer in the 600 block of Carlton Avenue about midnight Tuesday, according to court records. The alleged dealer is named in court records as one of the victims. It was not immediately clear whether he is facing charges.

When Lopez and the juvenile arrived in the 600 block of Carlton Avenue, they both got into the dealer’s car, according to court records. Once inside, the juvenile asked to see the merchandise, said “you’re beat” and ran, according to police.

The dealer jumped out of the car and chased after the juvenile. As the two fought in the street, Lopez allegedly jumped in the front seat of his car, according to police. After the juvenile broke away from the dealer, he hopped into the passenger seat, and Lopez drove away, hitting a parked car in the process, according to records.

A witness to the crash called police and provided a description of the car and license plate number. An officer spotted the Honda driving north on Boyce Street and tried to pull it over.

Police said Lopez drove north on Montclair Avenue, ignored a stop sign and headed west on Broadway. She allegedly ignored a red light at Broadway and Wyandotte Street and sped away before losing control of the car at Summit Street and crashing into a house in the 700 block of Wyandotte.

Authorities said she totaled the car.

During an interview with police, Lopez allegedly admitted that she and the juvenile arranged a drug deal and tried to steal the pot.

Police charged Lopez with felony counts of robbery, fleeing and eluding, theft, conspiracy and receiving stolen property. She also faces misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and reckless endangerment and at least four summary traffic violations.

Lopez failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 4.

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