Hellertown Man Jailed for Alleged PFA Violation, Police Say

A Hellertown man was arrested and subsequently jailed for allegedly violating a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order on file against him, borough police said Monday.

In a news release, police said John Louis Downes, 61, of the 700 block of Front Street, was stopped for a vehicle code violation shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday.

County court records indicate that the alleged violation was driving without headlights, and that Downes was also allegedly driving without insurance.

“It was discovered that (Downes) had been driving past the residence of an individual that has a current PFA against him in an attempt to see if (the individual) was home and (if the individual’s) lights were on,” police said.

“He was charged accordingly and and was committed to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $150,000 bail,” police said.

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