The suspected driver of a stolen car was jailed Monday on a long list of charges for allegedly leading state police troopers on a high-speed chase, eventually crashing into one of their cruisers.
Jaquan Grandy of Inwood, New York, was arraigned on more than a dozen criminal charges, including aggravated and simple assault, careless and reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, and driving without a license, state police said Monday. He was committed to the Berks County Jail on $500,000 bail.
State police said they were notified by OnStar shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday of the stolen vehicle heading east on Interstate 78 near Hamburg. As troopers attempted to stop the car near Exit 29, Grandy accelerated at a high rate of speed, making an abrupt turn onto the off-ramp to North Fourth Street in the borough, police said.
Grandy then turned onto Port Clinton Avenue and sped through the parking lot of the Hamburg Market before crashing into the state police cruiser, driven by Trooper Michael Koslosky, as the suspect attempted to exit the parking lot onto North Fourth Street, police said. Both vehicles struck an unoccupied mail truck.
Both Koslosky and Grandy were transported by ambulance to Reading Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Both the state police cruiser and the stolen car were totaled; the mail truck was heavily damaged.