A former Glen Rock man with a penchant for leading police on vehicle pursuits is accused of doing it again early Sunday morning in New Freedom.
Two adults hiding in the bed of Shawn Wesley Dill's pickup truck during the short chase escaped injury, according to Southern Regional Police Sgt. Darryl Smuck II, who said officers were forced to shock Dill with a Taser to take him into custody.
Dill, 38, of 1220 Dairy Road in Parkton, Md., is free on $35,000 bail, charged with fleeing police, driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, flight to avoid apprehension, driving without lights to avoid arrest, reckless driving, careless driving, reckless endangerment, driving without a license, public drunkenness and a number of traffic offenses, Southern Regional Police said.
Briefly stopped: Just before 2:30 a.m. on East Main Street, a Southern Regional officer pulled over a small pickup truck driven by Dill for being on the road without lights on, police said.
The truck stopped and the officer started walked up to it.
"When the officer reached the rear corner of the pickup truck, (Dill) rapidly accelerated and took off," Smuck said.
Dill turned left onto North Constitution Avenue at a high rate of speed, he said.
The officer jumped back in his cruiser and gave chase, also making the turn onto North Constitution, according to Smuck.
Truck swerved: When the officer spotted the pickup, its entire back end was swerving rapidly, going on and off the sidewalk, the sergeant said.
"The driver lost control and hit the curb," flattening the both the truck's driver-side tires, Smuck said.
Dill then turned down an alley, nearly hitting several garages as he fled, the sergeant said.
At that point Dill stopped the truck and took off on foot, Smuck said.
Officers chased Dill, then shocked him with a Taser and arrested him, police said.
"Two passengers who had been laying in the bed of the vehicle got out, and they fled as well," Smuck said.
Officers rounded up those passengers, a man and a woman, and determined they had not suffered injuries during the chase, police said.
The pursuit was brief, spanning about three blocks, Smuck said.
History of fleeing: In 2010, Dill pleaded guilty in York County Court to charges including fleeing and eluding police for a 2009 chase in southern York County, court records state.
He also pleaded guilty to a charge of flight to avoid apprehension for a 2009 offense in southern York County, according to records.
Before that, Dill pleaded guilty to fleeing police for a 2008 case, also in southern York County, records state. He was charged in a second 2008 fleeing-and-eluding case, but those charges were dropped, according to records.
Dill also has a lengthy criminal record in Maryland, according to online court records.
A listed phone number for Dill has been disconnected and it's unclear if he has retained an attorney.
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