STROUD TWP., Pa. – A man from Allentown is in custody after a police chase involving Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Police.
Pennsylvania State Police with the Stroudsburg Barracks said at around 8 p.m. Friday that they were alerted to a police chase on Route 46 and Interstate 80 westbound involving the NJSP. The chase had lasted about 10 miles and involved multiple traffic violations, police said.
PSP said NJSP soldiers were chasing a silver Dodge Ram pickup with registration PA YNR0885, which did not appear to be registered in Pennsylvania.
The driver has been identified as Steven Wilson, 51, from Allentown.
New Jersey State Police were attempting to arrest Wilson for various traffic violations, including reckless and erratic driving, speeding and dangerous lane changes. New Jersey State Police stopped the chase after the driver entered Pennsylvania at the Delaware Water Gap Bridge.
Pennsylvania State Police said they saw the vehicle driving west on Interstate 80 near mile 309 and attempted to stop the vehicle.
PSP says Wilson continuously crashed and struck a marked state police vehicle. A soldier then pulled his gun into the driver’s door of the vehicle. Wilson continued to accelerate the vehicle and fled the area.
Authorities say the chase continued in the area of ââShafer Schoolhouse Road and Business Route 209 in Stroud Township, County Monroe, where soldiers were about to stop the vehicle.
The Stroud Area Regional Police Department, K9 Bendix, was assisted in apprehending and arresting Wilson.
Wilson was arrested and taken to Lehigh Valley – Pocono Hospital for evaluation.
Wilson was charged with aggravated assault on law enforcement, reckless endangerment of another, unlawfully provoking a police animal, flight and evade, driving under the influence of alcohol for suspension of DUI and associated traffic violation.