McCloskey
McCloskey

Police say a Newberry Township man who was handcuffed in the back of a moving police car on Interstate 83 kicked out the back window of the car and tried to escape from police early Sunday morning.

William James McCloskey, 31, of the first block of Rose of Sharon Drive is charged with resisting arrest, escape, disorderly conduct, institutional vandalism, assault by a prisoner, assault of a law enforcement officer, reckless endangerment and terroristic threats.

He also was cited for criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and aggravated assault.

McCloskey remains in York County Prison in lieu of $30,000 bail and a probation detainer, meaning that even if he were to post bail, he would not be released, a prison spokesman said.

Arrest: Newberry Township Police were called to the home on Rose of Sharon Drive at 1:52 a.m. for a domestic disturbance between McCloskey and a woman, according to McCloskey's charging documents.

There, officers met with the woman, who told them McCloskey had spent more than $100 at a bar and punched the windshield of her gold Volkswagen. The woman asked officers to remove McCloskey from the house and to do something about the windshield, documents state.

Charging documents say officers entered the house and found McCloskey, who had a strong smell of alcohol, hiding in an upstairs bedroom closet. He was arrested without trouble for a probation violation and his handcuffs were double locked, documents state.

He was then put in the back of a police car.

Combative: As an officer was transporting McCloskey to central booking in York City via I-83 after 2:30 a.m., McCloskey allegedly began threatening the officer, saying that he was going to "track him down on Google" and assault him. McCloskey also threatened to kill the officer, documents state.

McCloskey then started to bang his head on the partition

that separates the rear of the car from the driver compartment until he cut his head and demanded medical attention.

At that point McCloskey allegedly laid down on the back seat and kicked at the rear drivers' side door and window until the window shattered and he started to climb out of it. The officer pulled over but couldn't get out of the driver's side door because of damage caused by McCloskey kicking the rear door, documents state.

The officer was able to climb out of the car and, with the aid of additional Newberry Township and Northern York County Regional Police officers, was able to subdue McCloskey and place leg restraints on him, documents indicate.

Second car: McCloskey was put in the back of a second police car but again started to kick out a rear window. The officer was able to get McCloskey to York Hospital for treatment of his cut but McCloskey continued be combative and to threaten the officer at the hospital, documents state.

When McCloskey was brought to a waiting area and saw a York County Sheriff's Deputy smiling, he yelled at the deputy and spit on his face and uniform, documents state.

-- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.