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Man subdued after high-speed chase ends in crash and discovery of drugs, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Mar 01 2013 01:23:47 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 01 2013 01:25:59 PM CST
BUSHKILL TWP., Pa. -

A man is facing a slew of charges after drugs were found following a high-speed chase that ended in a crash and police using a Taser to subdue the suspect, officials said.

Mark A. Nichols was clocked doing more than 100 miles an hour in the southbound lane of Route 33 in Bushkill Twp., Northampton Co., at about 8:35 p.m. Thursday, when police began chasing his silver Ford Escape, officials said.

Nichols turned onto Henry Road, Jacobsburg Road and then Route 512 South, ignoring traffic signs and crossing center lines, before three of his vehicle's tires were blown out by a deflation device police placed just south of Dough Boy's Restaurant, 230 Moorestown Road, Bushkill Twp., officials said.

Nichols continued to drive at a high rate of speed and turned onto Bushkill Center Road, eventually running into a lawn of a residence at 124 Redstone Road and striking a white plastic septic system pipe and a large wooden post that supported a deck before coming to a stop, officials said.

Nichols then tried to flee, and police used a Taser when he ignored their commands to stop, officials said, adding that Nichols was taken into custody behind a home at 132 Redstone Road.

Nichols told police he had taken bath salts before driving, and officers found one small bag of a white substance that proved to be methamphetamine in the front yard of 128 Redstone Drive and another in Nichols' right front pants pocket, officials said.

Nichols, 30, of 40 North 6th St., Easton, was arraigned on 19 charges -- including criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, DUI and various drug and traffic offenses -- and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $65,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. March 8.