A Pennsylvania State Police trooper fired into the driver’s side door of a pickup truck that had rammed a police vehicle on Interstate 80 during a pursuit Friday night that began in New Jersey, authorities said.
The driver of the pickup, 51-year-old Steven R. Wilson of Allentown, was taken into custody after exiting the highway, police said.
Wilson was hospitalized and faces numerous charges.
The incident unfolded about 8 p.m. as New Jersey State Police pursued the silver Dodge Ram for about 10 miles on Route 46 and I-80 West through Warren County, according to a news release from Pennsylvania State Police.
The vehicle appeared to be unregistered out of Pennsylvania, police said, and the driver was committing various traffic violations, including reckless and erratic driving, speeding and unsafe lane changes.
New Jersey State Police terminated their pursuit upon entry into Pennsylvania at the Delaware Water Gap toll bridge.
Troopers with Pennsylvania State Police at Stroudsburg then spotted the pickup on I-80 West near mile-marker 309 and attempted to stop it. Wilson “rammed and continually struck a marked State Police vehicle. A trooper then fired his department-issued firearm into the driver door of the vehicle, which continued to accelerate, ram and flee troopers,” the release states.
State police reportedly brought the pursuit to a close with a precision immobilization technique in the area of Shafers School House Road and Business Route 209 in Stroud Township, Monroe County.
Stroud Area Regional police K-9 Bendix then assisted in the apprehension and arrest of Wilson, who was taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono in East Stroudsburg, according to the release.
Wilson’s condition was not immediately available. Police did not indicate he was hit by the gunfire.
Wilson faces charges of aggravated assault of law enforcement, reckless endangerment, illegal taunt of a police animal, fleeing and eluding, driving under the influence of alcohol while DUI-suspended and related traffic offenses, according to police. Court records were not immediately updated to reflect whether he has been arraigned, with bail set.
Pennsylvania State Police were also assisted by Pocono Township police.
The PSP Troop N Major Case Team is continuing to investigate.
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