PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Police say a man who led officers on a wild two-hour chase spanning two states had been facing charges of stealing $21 worth of underwear from a supermarket.
Police records show 54-year-old Robert Ritter was accused of stealing a pack of underwear and a package of T-shirts on July 9 from a supermarket in Brooklawn, New Jersey. Authorities say he also shoved a security officer.
“I’ve been looking for him since the 9th and we always want our bad guy,” Officer John Stires with Brooklawn Police told Eyewitness News.
He also faces stalking charges in Gloucester Township, New Jersey.
Ritter had two warrants out for his arrest, and police spotted his van Monday night. Ritter drove into Philadelphia, back into New Jersey, and then back into Philadelphia.
The pursuit ended in Philadelphia when a police car bumped the van, causing it to flip over.
Police say they used a pit maneuver.
Authorities say the suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment.
“He’ll be charged here in Philadelphia county with three counts of aggravated assault against Philadelphia police officers,” said Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker.
“He will be extradited at some point over to New Jersey after we take care of these Philly charges,” said Lt. Walker.
It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday whether Ritter had an attorney.
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