A police chase Saturday, Sept. 12, ended in Reading with police forcing the fleeing vehicle to crash, spraying the driver with pepper spray and then tackling the driver when he tried to escape the wreck on foot.
Jason A. Miller, 40, of the 2400 block of Roosevelt Avenue, has been charged with fleeing police, DUI, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and 10 driving violations.
He was arraigned Saturday in front of Berks County District Judge Alvin B. Robinson and placed in Berks County Prison in lieu of $30,000 cash bail.
According to state police:
Officers from Muhlenberg Township police tried to stop a car just after 9:30 p.m., but Miller did not pull over. State police did not say where the initial attempted traffic stop took place.
State police were called to assist in the resulting chase, and troopers entered the pursuit at Perkiomen Avenue and Mineral Springs Road in Reading just before 10 p.m.
State police did not say where the chase took place before that point, but did say it “traverses Berks County.”
With emergency lights activated, state police troopers tried to pull over the fleeing 2017 Nissan Altima, but Miller refused to yield.
Troopers tried to use a PIT maneuver, a tactic used to spin a fleeing car sideways, but it failed.
Miller continued on, tearing through 25 mph zones at more than 50 mph, running red lights, passing other vehicles and swerving in and out of the lane of travel.
As the chase moved down Perkiomen toward 36th Avenue, Miller became careless and reckless. State police performed a second PIT maneuver, which caused Miller to crash at 3711 Perkiomen Ave.
After the crash, Miller refused to get out of his vehicle. Police shot pepper spray into the car, which led Miller to exit it and take off running.
Miller ignored verbal commands to surrender and was tackled by police. He struggled on the ground with multiple officers before eventually being handcuffed and taken into custody.