A West Bethlehem woman will be spending at least part of her holiday season in jail after she was arrested Friday for allegedly trying to run down her ex-boyfriend with her car, according to court papers.
Christine M. Fondl, 50, of 2024 Vista Drive, allegedly made the assault on ex-boyfriend John Zettlemoyer on the 400 block of E. North Street on Aug. 7. It was unclear from the court records why she was not arrested until Friday.
The affidavit of probable cause describes a wild scene during which Fondl chased Zettlemoyer through the streets of the city on that August morning, several times ramming the back of his Toyota Tundra pickup truck with her red Buick Regal.
At one point during the chase, the affidavit says, Fondl called 911 to tell police that she was pursuing “her stalker” and would not stop the chase because he was “hard to find” and “wanted.”
According to The Express Times, Zettlemoyer was arrested a week ago for allegedly running a methamphetamine lab from the basement of a house on Park Place.
City dispatchers told Fondl to discontinue the pursuit and come to the police station, but she did not listen to that advice, the affidavit says.
According to court papers:
- Eyewitness Donald Smale told police that he observed Fondl’s car accelerate north on Walters Street and hit Zettlemoyer’s truck hard enough to force it into the intersection of Jennings Street. Smale said he then saw the truck turn right onto Jennings Street and the car turn in pursuit, accelerate and try to hit the truck again, but missed and hit a parked car.
- Smale told police he saw Fondl exit her car and “was rambling how she was going after the truck.” The red Kia Rio that Fondl allegedly hit with her car sustained nearly $6,000 in damage and Fondl could produce no proof of insurance.
- A second eyewitness, a Bethlehem Fire Department lieutenant, told police that he saw Fondl’s car hit Zettlemoyer’s truck from behind at an alley intersecting Hawthorne Road near E. North Street. He also observed the car continue to follow the truck as it traveled north.
- Zettlemoyer told police that he was driving in South Bethlehem earlier that morning when he passed Fondl and she tried to flag him down. He said she followed him to North Bethlehem and he pulled into a parking space on the 400 block of E. North Street.
- Zettlemoyer said that when he got out of his truck, Fondl backed her car behind the truck, then aimed the car straight for him and attempted to hit him with the car. Zettlemoyer said he then got back into his truck and drove away in an effort to get away from Fondl.
Fondl was charged with felony aggravated assault and felony criminal mischief for the nearly $6,000 in damage she allegedly caused to the parked Kia Rio on Jennings Street.
She also faces charges of simple assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, harassment, disorderly conduct, reckless driving and driving without insurance.
She was arraigned before District Judge Nancy Matos Gonzalez and committed to Northampton County Prison after she failed to post $75,000 bail.