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Cops: 2-state chase began over warrant for stolen underwear

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a man who led officers on a wild two-hour chase spanning two states had been facing charges of stealing $21 worth of underwear from a supermarket.

Police records show 54-year-old Robert Ritter was accused of stealing a pack of underwear and a package of T-shirts on July 9 from a supermarket in Brooklawn, New Jersey. Authorities say he also shoved a security officer.

He also faces stalking charges in Gloucester Township, New Jersey.

Ritter had two warrants out for his arrest, and police spotted his van Monday night. Ritter drove into Philadelphia, back into New Jersey, and then back into Philadelphia.

The pursuit ended in Philadelphia when a police car bumped the van, causing it to flip over.

It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday whether Ritter had an attorney.

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This story has been corrected to show the underwear cost $21, not $10.50.

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