Philly man smuggling $40K worth of cigarettes leads police on 77-mile pursuit

A Philadelphia man is in custody after leading State Police on a 77-mile pursuit early this morning that lasted about 40 minutes.

At around 1 a.m., Abdallah Al Widian, 24, was clocked by troopers going over 90 mph in a 55 mph zone on I-81 North at mile marker 65, according to the police report.

Police say the gray 2017 Lincoln MKZ made several improper lane movements and did not stop when police tried to pull him over.

The car continued onto I-78 eastbound and reached speeds over 130 mph, according to the press release.

Police say after 3 unsuccessful spike strip attempts, they were able to successfully deploy spike strips to slow down the car at mile marker 49 on I-78.

The pursuit ended in the area of mile marker 54 in Upper Macungie Township in Lehigh County and Al Widian resisted arrest while being taken into custody, according to police.

The 77-mile pursuit traveled through 4 counties (Dauphin, Lebanon, Berks and Lehigh), according to the press release.

Police say they seized a total of 369 cartons of untaxed and unstamped cigarettes worth an estimated $40,000 from the car.

Al Widian is currently at the Dauphin County Judicial Center awaiting arraignment. No troopers were injured during the incident, according to police.

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