Drunk Driver Crashes, Leads Officer on Chase, Police Say
According to Phoenixville Police, the man nearly hit several pedestrians during the pursuit.
A 25-year-old Phoenixville man is in Chester County Prison after police say he crashed into a car while intoxicated and then fled the scene, leading police on a car chase that devolved into a foot race the defendant eventually lost.
According to court documents, on February 10 at 12:15 a.m. a Phoenixville Police officer on patrol heard a loud screech in the area of Main Street and Prospect Street and saw a silver Hyundai rear end a car that was sitting at a stop sign.
The Hyundai peeled away from the scene and the patrol car followed it.
The officer activated its lights, but the Hyundai continued on, making a left on to Main Street and a right on to Church. The vehicle then made a left into Phoenixville Federal Savings—nearly hitting several pedestrians in the process—before its driver hopped out of the car and tried to run off. The chase was a short one.
The driver of the Hyundai was apprehended and identified as Mynor Leonidas Lopez-Perez, 25. Lopez-Perez smelled like alcohol, slurred his speech, and had difficulty staying on his feet.
He was arrested and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, three counts of DUI, an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle, driving without a license, and careless driving. He faces preliminary hearing on February 14.