Police chase, crash suspect escapes hospital

January 23, 2009 3:38:21 PM PST
It's bizarre to see a man walking down the street wearing nothing but a hospital gown and flip flops, but in one case, it proved helpful to police. Police say 47-year-old Freddie Davis was driving with a suspended license when he led them in a high speed chase through Parkside and into neighboring Upland.

Along the way he knocked down street signs and crashed into a number of parked cars. Surveillance video ultimately shows the white Kia police say he was driving crash into a parked car that then slammed into a wall at Mark's Body Shop.

"Just as I was closing up, I heard screeching, I looked up at my surveillance monitors and when I did that I saw the car coming right to the corner of my building and smashed into a customer's car and the customer's car smashed into the building, and it just sounded like a bomb went off; it was just incredible, the sound," Mark Reneski of Mark's Auto Repair said.

Police say Davis then ran off, but they later caught up with him, and took him to Crozer Chester Medical Center where he was admitted for treatment of various injuries. Then just yesterday, Upland police get a bizarre call from a passerby.

"Said that, you know that guy you just put into Crozer, he's walking down the street with his hospital gown on," Chief John Easton of the Upland Police said.

Upland police went out looking for him and it wasn't long before they spotted a man walking around in the distinctive hospital gown.

"When Officer Dinardo spotted the suspect, the suspect hid his face because he knows Dinardo, and he looked around his hand, started walking faster and then he started running," Chief Easton said.

Police caught up with Davis, took him back to the hospital where doctors signed off on him. He is now in Delaware County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail on charges of assault, recklessly endangering another person, and a multitude if vehicle violations.

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