A Virginia man is accused of starting a high-speed police chase in a fully loaded dump truck on the Newtown Bypass.
Police say Joseph Gonzalez, 24, was causing problems at a BB&T Bank across from Lindenhurst Road Tuesday morning. When he left, Gonzalez approached cars stopped at the intersection on the Bypass.
In his first attempt, Gonzalez allegedly tried to force his way into a car with a woman in the driver’s seat. Instead of giving in, the woman stepped on the gas and drove through the red light and intersection to get away.
As the alleged carjacker looked for another vehicle, a tri-axle dump truck operator had pulled over to the side of the road. The driver was dialing 911 to report the scene.
But Gonzalez saw this as an opportunity, according to authorities. He approached the dump truck and after a brief tussle, was driving away in the truck.
Police say Gonzalez then drove east toward I-295 and got onto the highway, heading southbound toward Philadelphia. Several witnesses on the highway called 911 and reported a dump truck “driving erratically and at a high rate of speed.”
At this point, many police departments were aware of the truck and on the look out. Not long after, the Pennsylvania State Police Troopers saw the vehicle taking the I-95 exit to Street Road.
Within half an hour of Gonzalez leaving the bank, police had stopped the vehicle and arrested Gonzalez. He is in custody on 10 percent of 1 million dollars bail.