Motorcycle chase in Wyomsisnig: police arrest unlicensed driver

An 18-year-old Reading man with a learner’s permit led Wyomissing police on a winding chase on an unregistered motorcycle through the borough’s business district Saturday night, police said.

Eric Rodriguez-Muniz Jr. was eventually captured on foot after he abandoned the motorcycle in the Berkshire Heights neighborhood, police said.

Rodriguez-Muniz of the 900 block of Muhlenberg Street remained free to await a hearing following his arraignment on Sunday morning before District Judge Steven M. Chieffo of Reading Central Court.

Rodriguez-Muniz faces charges of fleeing or attempting to escape from an officer, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving without a license and insurance, and multiple traffic violations.

According to the police:

Officer Scott Schaeffer was conducting traffic checks on Ridgewood Road and Berkshire Boulevard around 10 p.m. Saturday.

He saw a motorcycle with no rear lights traveling east through the intersection on Ridgewood. He drove after the motorbike as it traveled from Berkshire on Papermill Road and saw that the motorbike had no number plate.

As he continued on Papermill, the driver turned on a red signal turning left onto Woodland Road.

Schaeffer turned on his emergency light and siren in the 900 block of Woodland, but the motorcycle did not stop. Instead, Rodriguez-Muniz drove in the center turn lane to bypass two lanes of stopped traffic on Woodland at Crossing Drive before running through a red light to turn right onto Crossing.

The chase continued on Spring Street in Berkshire Heights. Rodriguez-Muniz drove through the Loomis parking lot at Sixth and Spring streets, then onto Sixth and turned onto Douglass, not stopping for a stop sign.

Rodriguez-Muniz turned into a grassy driveway in the 500 block of Douglass and seemed to lose control of the cycle. He ditched the bike and ran down the back alley to Park Road North and North Wyomissing Boulevard.

Schaeffer stayed with the abandoned motorcycle while an assistant officer apprehended Rodriguez-Muniz.

Earnest L. Veasey