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Driver crashed during police pursuit

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An Allentown man crashed a minivan after leading state troopers on a pursuit from Interstate 78 to Route 443 in Lebanon County, police said.

State police in Jonestown said a trooper tried to stop 32-year-old Ismael Samuel Torres for a traffic violation Tuesday morning, but Torres fled to Route 22 and went through a construction zone at more than 100 mph and nearly struck three construction workers.

At one point, Torres crossed the center median of Route 22 and traveled the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes, police said.

He eventually turned onto Indiantown Gap Road, Asher Miner Road and Route 443, but lost control at the intersection of Route 443 and Route 72 in Union Township, where the minivan went into a ditch and struck a tree, police said.

Torres, who had a 16-year-old passenger, was taken into custody and charged with felony counts of fleeing and eluding and endangering the welfare of a child, in addition to four misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, one count of false reports and 18 summary violations.

Police said he had a suspended driver's license for a prior DUI.


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