A Temple University dental student has been charged with attempted kidnapping after police said he tried to force a Swarthmore College student into his car early yesterday.

Tom T. Chiang, 28, of the 6100 block of Henry Avenue, was held on $100,000 bail at the Delaware County prison awaiting drug and alcohol evaluation, police said.

An unidentified 23-year-old man was leaving the Swarthmore library at 2:14 a.m. when a 1997 Lexus driven by Chiang pulled alongside him and Chiang asked for directions, police said. When the student refused to get into the car, they said, Chiang got out and tried to force him inside. They struggled, and the student broke away and called police from a nearby campus building. Chiang was seen driving north on Route 320 by Marple police. He left his car and was caught by police after a short foot pursuit.

- Mari A. Schaefer