Police officer uses stun gun to stop fleeing man
Nineteen-year-old Jermaine Davis, Sr., led an Allentown police officer on a short chase around some mid-city blocks before being stopped with a stun gun Saturday night.
About 10:30 p.m. Saturday, the police officer observed a light blue 2001 Mercury spinning its tires and creating a large cloud of white smoke while driving north on 11th Street at the intersection with Walnut Street.
The Mercury quickly went through a parking lot, then headed east on Maple Street, where it appeared to sideswipe another vehicle.
The police officer, David Howells III, activated his cruiser's lights and siren. He attempted to stop the Mercury. But the car turned onto Howard and drove south at a high rate of speed. It stopped just north of Walnut Street and the driver got out.
Howells ordered Davis to stop but the suspect ran south on Howard, then west on Walnut. The suspect ran in front of a vehicle traveling south on 11th Street, which had to slam on its breaks to avoid hitting him.
Davis continued running, going south on 11th Street, then east on Spring Garden Street into a parking lot behind 1036 Walnut.
He again was ordered to stop because he was under arrest, but tried to change direction and keep running.
The police officer stopped him with his stun gun.
When Davis was placed into custody with no further incident, the arresting officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from him.
When taken to Sacred Heart Hospital for treatment from being shot with the stun gun, Davis told the police officer "I should have stopped but I was too high" and that he had smoked a little bit of weed.
Davis, who lives in the first block of South Howard Street, was charged with escape, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving without a license and reckless driving.
On Monday, the defendant was formally charged and committed to Lehigh County Prison, unable to post $10,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14.
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