Lansdale man arrested after chase on Route 422

COLLEGEVILLE — A man accused of stealing more than $300 worth of baby formula attempted to flee from police on Route 422.

Christopher Huck, 39, of Lansdale, was at Wegmans on Jan. 6 around 12:53 p.m. when he was seen on camera in the baby formula aisle putting approximately $332.43 worth of formula into a bag. He left the store through the front entrance, and drove off in a red Jeep, police said.

According to police, Huck was seen by a responding officer driving through the parking lot “at a ridiculous speed.” Huck then allegedly continued through the shopping center at a high rate of speed without stopping for a red light before merging onto the eastbound lanes of Route 422 from Route 29, police said.

During the pursuit, which lasted less than 30 minutes, three marked patrol cars followed Huck on the busy highway, police said.

The Jeep stopped after it skidded out on the shoulder of Route 422, police said, and officers immediately held Huck at gunpoint.

Officers put their guns away after Huck began cooperating, according to police.

Police said Huck did not have identification or permission to use the Jeep, which belonged to his girlfriend.

A search revealed prior charges against Huck for retail theft, police said. His license was also suspended due to previous driving under the influence charges, police said.

Huck was arraigned before District Judge Walter F. Gadzicki Jr., according to court paperwork. On Jan. 16, Huck posted $15,000 bail at his preliminary hearing.

Although Huck posted bail, paperwork indicates he is expected in the courtroom of District Judge Kenneth E. Deatelhauser on Jan. 21 after multiple misdemeanor theft charges were filed against him on Jan. 7 for an incident in Hatfield Township.