Collins, who has a record for car theft, was ordered to stand trial on carjacking, aggravated assault on two cops, theft and related charges. He was committed to prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.
``He tried to get away at all costs, including attempting to injure or kill police officers,'' said McDaniel.
Delores Berger described being rammed into a pole after she tried to prevent her van from being stolen by grabbing a door as the thief backed away at Frankford and Castor avenues about a week before the chase.
Berger, who had left the van to buy water ice, could not identify Collins, but a relative did. Berger suffered a serious eye injury.
Collins was in the van when he led cops through the city for about 45 minutes, bucking traffic on I-95 and other streets, and trying to run over police.
At one point, he pinned an officer's legs with the van at a South Philadelphia roadblock, and dodged bullets to escape.
McDaniel said when Collins realized a tire was flattened in Center City, he fled on foot to the tracks of the Frankford El. SEPTA cut power as officers entered the tracks.
Later, Collins slid down a 20-foot drain and was found hiding under the altar inside the Immaculate Conception Church rectory at Front and Pollard streets.