Po­lice: Man led them on 100-mph chase

The Morning Call (Sunday) - - NEWS - — Peter Hall

A White­hall Town­ship man drove more than 100 mph on Mauch Chunk Road as he fled state troop­ers early Satur­day, court doc­u­ments say.

Michael J. Kal­tenbach, 24, of the 200 block of Ohio Av­enue is charged with felony flee­ing and at­tempt­ing to elude an of­fi­cer, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, dis­or­derly con­duct and more than a dozen sum­mary traffic of­fenses.

Ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers, troop­ers were parked on the shoul­der of Route 22 about 1:30 a.m. when a car trav­el­ing west passed at 96 mph, ac­cord­ing to the state po­lice car’s radar. The of­fi­cers fol­lowed the car and started a pur­suit when it left the high­way at the 15th Street exit.

The car con­tin­ued north on Mauch Chunk Road for about five miles, reach­ing more than 100 mph and fail­ing to stop at stop signs and traffic lights.

The troop­ers ended their pur­suit when the car turned on Le­vans Road. The troop­ers lo­cated the ve­hi­cle stopped near Mauch Chunk Road and Wil­low Street where they iden­ti­fied the driver as Kal­tenbach, po­lice said.

Po­lice al­lege Kal­tenbach drove in the wrong lane while pass­ing other ve­hi­cles, made wide turns, failed to use turn sig­nals and turned off the car’s lights in an at­tempt to elude the troop­ers, court doc­u­ments say.

Kal­tenback was ar­raigned be­fore District Judge Michael Pochron and was sent to Le­high County jail un­der $20,000 bail, ac­cord­ing to court records.

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