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PEDESTRIAN ENFORCEMENT WEEK

RPD made an arrest on the first day of Pedestrian Safety Enforcement

READING: The Reading Police Department Traffic Unit is releasing the following information relating to an arrest made on May 2, 2022, during a Pedestrian Detail.

At 11:07 am on Monday, May 2nd, Roberto Vega-Torres was stopped by an officer assigned to the Pedestrian Detail after crossing north from the 200 block of Cedar Street to the 800 block of Elm Street without using a crosswalk.


After running his credentials, the officers found that Mr. Vega-Torres was wanted for drug parole violations and attempted to arrest him, who tried to flee on foot without success. The officer found
glassine packages of suspected heroin during a body search, which yielded a positive result afterward.


Mr. Vega-Torres was charged with Resisting Arrest, Possession, and related charges.


About Pedestrian Safety Enforcement The Reading Police Department is joining multiple Law Enforcement Agencies across the nation for Pedestrian Safety Enforcement in partnership with PennDOT
and Highway Safety Network.


The enforcement will cover city-wide and include pedestrians and drivers who don't follow traffic safety rules. Police Departments nationwide will have access to a grant of up to $5,500 by Highway Safety Network to cover overtime expenses during the detail and will cover from May 2nd to May 15th.


For more information, go to:
www.highwaysafetynetwork.org For the Pedestrian Safety page: www.penndot.pa.gov/TravelInPA/Safety/TrafficSafetyAndDriverTopics/Pages/Pedestrian-Safety.aspx