Troopers Catch Man Running from SUV in Pottstown

POTTSTOWN PA – A Berks County man has been charged with two offenses in Pottstown, after he fled on foot from a sports-utility vehicle that Pennsylvania State Police were attempting to stop on East High Street, according to a public information release distributed Monday (Oct. 4, 2021) by the state’s Troop K Barracks in Skippack.

Also Monday, in a separate and unrelated release, troopers said they investigated a residential burglary in East Greenville.

Pottstown foot chase

In the Pottstown incident, troopers reported they attempted to pull over a beige-colored 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer during a Thursday (Sept. 30) traffic incident at 12:36 a.m. outside the America’s Best Value Inn, 29 E. High St.

The vehicle, however, “never came to a stop,” the report stated. Instead it kept rolling, and as it did a man later identified as a 21-year-old Reading resident allegedly “jumped from the driver side of the vehicle” and “attempted to flee on foot.”

The chase was “brief,” troopers noted.

At the time the man was presumed to be the SUV’s operator, but he later was determined to be only a back-seat passenger, troopers said. The report did not indicate why he fled. Meanwhile, the actual driver of the SUV and possibly two other occupants rode away in the Trailblazer “in an unknown direction,” the release added.

The Reading man was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

East Greenville burglary

Electronic appliances and furniture collectively valued at nearly $1,000 were damaged during a burglary in which perpetrators entered a Morris Road, East Greenville Borough residence by force, troopers also reported Monday.

State police said they responded after being contacted by the home’s occupant, a 33-year-old female. The residence had been broken into and at least six items were damaged, troopers said. They included a flat-screen television valued at $300; coffee table, $200; entertainment system, $150, a door frame, $150; cube storage unit, $100; and lamp, $50.

The Sept. 18 (Saturday) incident reportedly occurred at about 7 p.m., according to the troop’s public information release. The burglary remains under investigation, troopers said.

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