Easton police report that a sibling argument ended with a girl calling 911 from the hood of the car as her brother drove away.
Rahmir J. Coley, of East Kleinhans Street in Easton, faces single counts of child endangerment and reckless driving, following the incident Sunday night in the city's West Ward. District Judge John Capobianco arraigned Coley a few hours later, setting bail at $7,500.
Easton police were dispatched to South Union and Washington streets shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a girl riding on the hood of a vehicle with her brother behind the wheel. Police said the girl's stepfather, Roberto Torres, had managed to stop the car at South Union and Washington before an officer arrived.
The girl told police that Coley had come to South 12th and Spruce streets to pick her up. When he arrived, she told her brother that her stepfather told her she should drive because he didn't want Coley behind the wheel, according to court records.
The two argued, and Coley reportedly refused to get out of the car, prompting his sister to sit on the hood, according to records. So, Coley allegedly drove away, heading east on Lehigh Street, south on South Seventh Street and east on Union Street until Torres stopped the car, according to records.
The girl told police that she "pleaded" with Coley to stop the car and called her stepfather and 911 from the hood of the car.
Torres confirmed that he received a phone call from the girl, while she was on the hood of the car. He said he instructed her to call 911 and told police that he saw Coley driving with the girl on the hood before he stopped the car.
Coley failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 1.