A York City man who popped a wheelie in front of a police officer has been ordered to serve more than a year in prison.

But Tony Williams isn't being jailed for his motorcycle skills.

The wheelie Williams executed on April 25, 2013, in the 4000 block of North Sherman Street in East Manchester Township caught the attention of a Northeastern Regional police officer, who gave chase.

Williams, 26, of Smith Street, took off, police said.

Public defender Joshua Neiderhiser, who represents Williams, said his client was unaware an officer was chasing him until a Northern Regional police officer stopped him about seven minutes later.

"He maintains his innocence," the attorney said.

Dash cam: A dashboard camera in the police cruiser showed the officer was perhaps 500 yards behind the motorcycle, according to Neiderhiser.

In addition to arresting Williams on a charge of fleeing police, Northeastern Regional Police realized he fit the description of a man seen 90 minutes earlier dumping about 60 tires near the Susquehanna River, in the 200 block of Gut Road, police said.

When questioned, Williams admitted leaving the tires along Gut Road, and he was cited with scattering rubbish, according to police.

Williams pleaded guilty to the littering citation about a month later, according to court documents, which state he was ordered to pay about $440 in fines and court costs.


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Restitution: He also was ordered to pay $1,054.70 in restitution, records state.

Northeastern Regional Police Chief Bryan Rizzo said the restitution was to reimburse East Manchester Township for the cost of cleaning up the tires and properly disposing of them.

In March, Williams went to trial. Jurors found him guilty of reckless driving, careless driving and driving with a suspended license, records state.

But a mistrial was declared on the fleeing/eluding charge after jurors were unable to reach a verdict on that offense, Neiderhiser said.

Second trial: In July, a second jury found him guilty of fleeing or attempting to elude police, the attorney said.

On Wednesday, Common Pleas Judge Thomas H. Kelley VI sentenced Williams to 11-1/2 to 23 months in York County Prison for the fleeing conviction, plus an additional 30 days for driving with a suspended license, records state.

Neiderhiser said he and Williams are discussing appeal options.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.