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Hit-and-run suspect facing a slew of charges

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Oct 08 2012 03:30:55 PM CDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A hit-and-run suspect who tangled with police after he was chased across town by the driver of the car he collided with is facing a slew of charges, officials said.

Christopher Goodhile was wrestled to the ground after he became abusive to officers who were trying to handcuff him Saturday night in the unit block of West 2nd St., Bethlehem, after he refused to take a field sobriety test, officials said.

After Goodhile was handcuffed, he kept trying to kick the officers and screamed at patrons leaving and entering Starters Riverport Pub, they added.

Police were called to West 2nd Street by Dion Garris, of 208 Morris St., Phillipsburg, N.J., who had been chasing Goodhile since his car had been hit by Goodhile's black BMW in the unit block of West Church Street near North New Street, officials said.

Garris said that after being hit, he chased Goodhile for about three miles on the city's North Side, first toward Eighth Avenue and then back toward Center Street, before Goodhile turned onto the Fahy Bridge and headed to the South Side, officials said.

Garris, who injured his left shoulder in the crash, and his passenger, Brenda Williams, of 509 E. Mosser St., Allentown, who hurt her right arm and elbow, drove themselves to the hospital forĀ  treatment, officials said.

Goodhile, 35, of 4737 Ackermans Lane, Coopersburg, was arraigned on nine charges, including DUI, failing to stop after an accident involving personal injury and resisting arrest, and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $20,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 16.