A man and woman are now in police custody for an alleged car-jacking robbery and hit and run.
The chaos began at about 3 p.m. Friday in Newtown. But the high speed chase ended in Philadelphia.
Police say Ashley Young, 31, and Eric Meehan, 28, stole a vehicle from a woman at the Chandler Hall Senior Center. In their escape, they hit the victim and a male employee who came out to help.
As they jumped the curb and sidewalk, Young and Meehan damaged one of the car’s tires.
Police allege the duo then tried to steal another person’s vehicle to replace the damaged one.
The duo then blocked in a motorist the intersection of Summit Trace Road on the Newtown Bypass. Meehan attempted to force his way into the other vehicle, but the potential victim locked his doors and escaped, according to authorities.
his failed, so they continued until arriving at a home on White Swan Way in Middletown. When a resident came out to help them, Young and Meehan allegedly stole his car. Police say the pair made sure to search this victim for valuables before fleeing.
At this point, police throughout Bucks County were on the alert for the most recently stolen vehicle.
Then, officers with the Bensalem Police spotted the stolen vehicle on Route 1 toward Philadelphia. With help from a Philly police helicopter to track them down, officers followed the suspects to Orthodox Street.
The chase finally ended when Young and Meehan crashed their vehicle into several parked cars. Police took the pair into custody at the scene.
Both victims from the incident at Chandler Hall Senior Center are expected to make full recoveries. They were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center and discharged with non-life-threatening injuries. None of the other victims suffered injury.
Meehan and Young must stay in Bucks County Correctional Facility on $200,000 each. The face charges including:
- Robbery of Motor Vehicle,
- Aggravated Assault,
- Theft By Unlawful Taking,
- Receiving Stolen Property,
- Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer,
- Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, and
- Criminal Conspiracy