A Bechtelsville man who allegedly tried to hit Boyertown Police Officer Kyle Morgan with his car early Sunday morning was charged with attempted murder.

Morgan responded to a report of a "fight involving several subjects" at the Boyertown American Legion around 3 a.m. on Sept. 23.

When he arrived, he attempted to stop a maroon Honda Accord, driven by Joshua Woods, from leaving the parking lot.

According to witnesses, Woods, 25, was involved in the bar fight. Boyertown Police Chief Barry Leatherman said no other arrests were made.

According to police, Morgan, dressed in uniform, was standing on Walker Drive near a patrol car with flashing lights activated when he shined his flashlight at the Honda Accord.

After he made a signal commanding the driver to stop, Woods allegedly drove at Morgan "at a fast rate of speed," and "the officer was forced to jump out of the way of the vehicle to avoid being struck by the fast-traveling vehicle."

Woods drove 235 feet before nearly striking the officer, police said, and then fled south on South Reading Avenue.

After leading police on a one-mile chase, Woods was apprehended at the intersection of Willow and Blackberry roads between 3:30 and 4 a.m.

At 3:29, William Hanna of the Colebrookdale Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle and driver matching Woods' description at North Ironstone Drive and Route 73.

Woods reportedly led the officer on a chase west on Route 73 onto Little Getting, North Ironstone and Willow roads.

After Woods stopped, Hanna took cover, holding a police assault rifle. Hanna then instructed the driver to toss the car keys out of the side window.

Two passengers placed their hands on the roof of the car as instructed. But Woods continued to lower his hands, according to court documents.

Hanna, Morgan and Douglass (Berks) Township Police Chief David Franke tactically approached the vehicle.

Taser in hand, Hanna grabbed Woods by the arm and pulled him out of the car, authorities claim.

Woods, who refused medical treatment for a bloody nose he claimed he suffered earlier that evening, resisted arrest and swore at the officers several times.

He now faces 17 charges filed by the Boyertown and Colebrookdale police departments.

In addition to attempted murder, authorities accuse Woods of drunk driving, fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving with a stolen license plate, aggravated assault and driving with a suspended license.

Court documents state a search of the vehicle turned up an open can of beer in a cup holder, a cooler filled with ice and unopened beer cans, a white T-shirt covered in blood and a multi-colored pipe in the middle console containing "residue consistent with burnt marijuana."

In his report, Hanna claimed the license plate on the car driven by Woods belonged to Mary Stubblebine.

Woods faces an Oct. 3 preliminary hearing in front of District Justice Michael Hartman on all 17 charges

He was remanded to Berks County Prison. Bail was set at $150,000.

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