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Expired Tags Lead to Foot Chase for LPPD

Melissa S. Treacy

Monday, February 24, 2014 • 7:00am

What started out as an expired registration traffic stop ended up forcing Lower Providence Township Police Department officers on a foot chase.

On Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2:58 p.m., Christopher James Douglass, 21, of Norristown, was pulled over in a plow-mounted pick-up truck along North Trooper Road near Rose Avenue by LPPD Cpl. Michael Slattery.

“As I was exiting the vehicle approaching the pick-up truck, the driver quickly exited the vehicle and fled the scene, running eastbound and started to run after the subject,” said Slattery in a police report.

A foot-chase ensued, leading the officer to Potts Avenue and into the Gino’s Pizza lot at 2401 Main St., Lower Providence Township. The corporal then scaled a large snow pile to continue the pursuit and “maintain a visual” as he pursued the suspect.

The chase continued to Harleysville Bank, onto Galbraith Avenue where Douglass began walking. Assisted by a West Norriton Police Department officer, Slattery was able to apprehend the suspect who said, according to reports, he ran because he “did not have permission to use the truck and does not have a license.”

Douglass was found to be operating a vehicle without a license, as it had been previously suspended for driving under the influence, according to reports. Douglass was charged with escape, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and driving under the suspension/DUI related, said police reports.

The truck’s owner, Douglass’ employer, said he did have permission to operate the truck and did not want to press charges. The truck’s owner was mailed the traffic citation for permitting a violation of title.

At an appearance on Feb. 19 before District Magisterial Justice Cathleen K. Rebar, Douglass appeared with a public defender. Previously negotiated charges were lessened to driving under suspension (instead of driving under suspension of a DUI). All remaining charges were waived, according to the report.

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