Troopers Arrest Pottstown Man After Miles-Long Chase

POTTSTOWN PA – A 26-year-old Pottstown Borough resident, who Pennsylvania State Police alleged led them on a pursuit through six western Montgomery County townships and boroughs before he was captured, is awaiting a Dec. 8 (2021; Wednesday) preliminary hearing on lengthy list of nearly 80 offenses that include three felonies and three misdemeanors.

Troopers from the Troop K Barracks in Skippack, in a public information release distributed Tuesday (Nov. 30), said charges against Jaime Alexis Vega were filed in Pottstown’s magisterial district court. Court records show he was transported to Montgomery County Jail after being unable to post a $250,000 cash bail.

The release states that troopers attempted a traffic stop of a blue-colored 2015 Subaru on Saturday (Nov. 27) at 2:11 a.m. at the corner of Church Road and Third Street in East Greenville. Instead of complying, it added, the operator identified as Vega fled in the vehicle and led his pursuers on a chase of several miles to North Washington Street in Pottstown. That’s where he reportedly left the car, with law enforcers following on foot.

Vega was arrested nearby, and determined by investigators to be in possession of narcotics and a stolen Glock 10mm handgun.

Records show Vega was charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property, carrying firearms without a license, and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer; as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of an intent to use an instrument of crime, possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest.

He additionally is charged with summary offenses seemingly related to the chase: 1 count of driving while operator privileges were suspended or revoked, 10 counts of disregarding traffic lanes, 10 counts of failure to keep right, 14 counts of failure to obey a stop sign, 20 counts of improper signaling, 3 counts of driving in a wrong direction, 6 counts of careless driving, 10 counts of failure to drive at safe speeds, and 1 count of driving without a license.

Graphic from the Pennsylvania State Police