SANATOGA PA – A Lancaster PA man who Lower Pottsgrove police claim was driving a car allegedly stolen during November (2012), and who tried to evade a police pursuit, was arraigned Thursday (Dec. 13) by Magisterial District Justice Edward Kropp Sr. and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for the day after Christmas.
Arrested Wednesday (Dec. 12) by township Ofc. Ryan Smith was Timothy J. Schittler, 22, on charges of receiving a stolen vehicle, unauthorized use of an automobile, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving under suspension, careless driving, reckless driving, having possession of a stolen registration, and accidents involving damage.
Smith reported he was on patrol Wednesday when he saw a white Nissan Sentra being driven by a man later identified as Schittler pull into the parking lot at the KinderCare day care center on Industrial Highway.
When its driver saw the patrol car, Smith said, he backed the Sentra into a curb and struck it, then fled the scene. Smith followed with police lights on and sirens blaring, but the Sentra failed to stop, he said. The two cars sped on a short chase to the upper level parking lot on the south side of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, where the Sentra halted at a dead end and its driver jumped out and fled on foot.
Officers from Pottstown and North Coventry police departments, and a K-9 unit from the Limerick department, joined the search. They spotted the Schittler a short time later, who fled again but ultimately was located and arrested.
In the stolen vehicle police found a registration and several electronic items, also allegedly stolen. The car reportedly was taken Nov. 15 from Exeter Township; the registration was taken on the same day, Smith said, from Parkesburg PA.
Smith said Schittler was also suspected of driving under the influence of medications; his blood was tested.
Kropp set a cash bail of $100,000. Schittler’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 26.
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