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Allentown Man Accused of Hitting Cop with Car

Bethlehem officer tried to stop him after he fired three gunshots outside of SouthSide bar.

An Allentown man was arrested on multiple charges after Bethlehem police officers allegedly saw him fire multiple gunshots at no one in particular before hitting a city officer with his car early Sunday morning, police said.

Luis Ocasio-Perez, 22, of 503 Gordon St., Allentown, was allegedly seen outside of , 17 W. Second St., pointing a handgun at others standing outside of the bar/restaurant.

He then fired three shots, hitting no one, before getting into a black car, police said.

A Bethlehem police officer, identified in this Express-Times story, as Christopher Kopp, ordered Ocasio-Perez to stop his car. But the suspect continued to drive forward, hitting Kopp in the right arm with a car door as he drove off.

Kopp was treated for minor injuries at in Fountain Hill.  Ocasio-Perez, meanwhile, crashed his car at E. Third and Polk streets, where he was apprehended at a little before 3 a.m. Sunday.

Ocasio-Perez was charged with two counts of aggravated assault – one of them for aggravated assault on a police officer, and one count each of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, carrying a firearm without a license, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license.

He was committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Tom October 04, 2011 at 12:46 PM
What a shame. When Starters Rivrrport first opened up it was a nice place to eat and relax. Now, it is a place corrupt in violence. The people that work there are rude and the food is horrible. On top of that, they bring in music at night that draws the wrong crowd and s lot of trouble exists. The City should declare it a nuisance bar and shut it down

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