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Driver leads police on chase through six municipalities

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A 23-year-old Allentown man was arrested two days after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through six municipalities.

According to an affidavit of probable cause obtained from District Judge Rod Beck's office, Slatington, Brady Wyatt Gruver, of 120 N. 11th St., was driving a 1997 Volks-wagen Jetta eastbound on Route 22 at Route 309, South Whitehall Township, at 12:50 a.m. Dec. 5 when Pa. State Police Troopers Nicholas Goldsmith and Matthew Lowe attempted to stop him on Route 22 at Route 309, South Whitehall Township.

The troopers performed a National Crime Information Center check on the Jetta, which showed the car's registration was allegedly suspended for insurance cancelation.

Gruver allegedly failed to yield to the troopers' emergency lights and sirens and accelerated the vehicle to speeds of approximately 115 mph in a posted 55 mph zone.

According to Goldsmith, the pursuit began in South Whitehall and Whitehall townships then traveled through Allentown, and North Whitehall and Washington townships, before ending in Slatington.

During the pursuit, Gruver allegedly drove in the opposing lane of travel at high speeds and on the sidewalk on Route 873, Slatington.

He then backed onto Main Street and Goldsmith and Lowe used the patrol car to stop the pursuit.

Gruver continued to maneuver the Jetta away from the patrol car over the sidewalk, striking a metal fence at 1108 Main St., where the car came to a final rest.

Gruver then ran west on W. South Street, at which time the troopers gave chase on foot.

Gruver, however, evaded capture at that time.

Goldsmith states in the affidavit, he saw insurance policy papers, an earnings statement and a prescription bottle with Gruver's name on them, and a razor blade inside the Jetta.

The Jetta was towed to State Police Troop M Fogelsville barracks.

Goldsmith conducted an online search on Facebook and saw a photo of Gruver with the Jetta.

A felony arrest warrant was issued for Gruver Dec. 5. by District Judge Jake Hammond, South Whitehall.

Gruver was arrested and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, recklessly endangering another person and 44 traffic violations, including driving on sidewalks, careless driving and driving at an unsafe speed.

He was arraigned Dec. 7 before District Judge Rod Beck.

Gruver is being held in Lehigh County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail, awaiting a preliminary hearing Dec. 14 before Beck.