York City narcotics detectives seized 1,314 bags of heroin from David Williams on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, according to police, who said the drugs have a
York City narcotics detectives seized 1,314 bags of heroin from David Williams on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, according to police, who said the drugs have a street value of about $26,300. (Courtesy of York City Police)

The target of a York City drug investigation on Tuesday morning rammed an unmarked police vehicle, then took off on foot to escape arrest, police said.

But David Greg Williams didn't get far.

After Williams, 29, began sprinting away, Officer William Wentz tackled him to the ground, according to York City Detective First Class Andrew Shaffer.

It happened Tuesday morning on Prospect Street near the corner of Girard Avenue as detectives moved in to arrest Williams, according to Shaffer, who said Williams was known to police as a previously convicted drug dealer.

"We believed he was selling drugs again, and we knew he (was wanted on) a state parole violation," the detective said.

As city narcotics detectives and nuisance-abatement officers drove up to Williams' vehicle and began getting out to arrest him, Williams hit the gas and rammed an unmarked police vehicle that held three officers, Shaffer said.

Intentional? The force of the impact pushed the unmarked vehicle into a second unmarked police vehicle, which had three different officers inside, he said. No one was hurt.

"There was plenty of room for Williams to go around the police vehicles," Shaffer said. "It's our belief he purposely rammed them."

Williams put his vehicle in reverse and backed up for about a half-block, at which point his car died and he jumped out and ran, the detective said.

Before being tackled by Wentz, Williams tossed away eight bundles of heroin that were recovered by officers, Shaffer said; each bundle contained between 10 and 14 individual baggies of the illegal opiate.

That gave police probable cause to obtain a search warrant for Williams' home at 535 Girard Ave., Apt. 18, where a large amount of heroin was seized, the detective said.

Seized: In all, police confiscated 1,314 bags of heroin from Williams with a street value of about $26,300, Shaffer said.

After they arrested Williams, police took him to York Hospital for a checkup, since he'd just been in a crash and suffered minor scrapes and scratches from being tackled, Shaffer said.

Both unmarked vehicles were driven from the scene but sustained damage, and one was badly damaged, according to the detective.

Williams was arraigned Wednesday morning at the county's central booking unit, according to the York County Sheriff's Office.

He is charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and two counts of heroin possession with intent to deliver.

State parole officials will pick up Williams and take him to a state facility for his state parole violation, according to a booking unit supervisor.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.