Suspect in custody, innocent bystander hospitalized after police chase in Glenolden

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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A suspect is behind bars and an innocent bystander hospitalized after a police chase ended in a crash in Delaware County.

GLENOLDEN, Pa. (WPVI) -- A suspect is behind bars and an innocent bystander hospitalized after a police chase ended in a crash in Delaware County.

It happened before 7:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Glen Manor Apartments in the 100 block of East Glenolden Avenue.

"We were awakened at about 6:45 by a few huge, loud bangs," resident Joyce King told Action News.

The impact of the crash was loud enough to frighten residents in the Willow Way community and powerful enough to pin an innocent bystander between two cars.

Several other cars were hit by the suspect, who was driving a blue Lincoln Mercury.

Police have identified him as 18-year-old Kyle Huscher of Ridley Township.

"We saw the cops saying, 'Get out of the car!'" said resident Todd Wilson, who took several pictures as the incident unfolded and shared them with Action News.

"It was alarming," said resident Angela Ferry, "only because I worry about my neighbors. We have a lot of old folk in here, we have a lot a young children. Especially at 7:30 in the morning, there are a lot of children going to school."

Police say the chase began around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, when the suspect jumped a curb at 11th and Amosland Road in Prospect Park and fled, speeding down one-way streets and back roads.

It ended when he side-swiped a taxicab and hit both a pedestrian and a line of parked cars.

"I don't know if he was on something. He was impaired in some way, whether it was drugs or alcohol or medication or something," said Ferry. "Or it could have been from the shock of accident."

Huscher, seen in exclusive Action News video being taken to court, is charged with multiple offenses and was being tested for DUI.

The pedestrian, whose name has not been released, was taken to an area hospital to be treated for a leg injury. That person is expected to be okay.

Residents called the whole incident shocking but not surprising.

They said criminal activity in the complex isn't uncommon and the road running through it is a thoroughfare between Glenolden Avenue and South Avenue.

"It's sad for our community, it really is," said King, "because there are a lot of good people who live here."

Residents tell Action News they weren't only woken up early by the crash but were startled in the middle of the night when gunshots rang out.

Police say one person was wounded in that incident and taken to Crozier Chester Medical Center. There was no immediate word on that person's condition.

The investigation into that incident continues.