A New Oxford man allegedly led police on a chase through parts of York City that ended with a crash at the intersection of East Market and Sherman streets Monday afternoon.

Edward Robert Ortiz was driving a Buick Park Avenue when he was stopped by a York City Police officer for several offenses at the intersection of Pine and East Market streets about 1:35 p.m., according to his charging documents.

As the officer was writing a citation, Ortiz, 18, of 5295 Carlisle Pike Apt. D, sped away on East Market Street and the officer gave chase, documents state.

With the officer in pursuit, Ortiz refused to pull over but instead ran a red light of East Market and Broad streets and accelerated at a high rate of speed, reaching speeds of between 60 and 70 mph, documents state.

Ortiz weaved the Buick through slowed traffic and, as he approached the intersection of East Market and Sherman streets, steered the car onto the sidewalk, striking a parked car, in an attempt to get around traffic that had stopped for a red light, documents state.

As the Buick entered the intersection, it hit another vehicle that was traveling south on Sherman Street, and the Buick was rendered inoperable, documents state.

Ortiz attempted to run from the scene but was quickly arrested, documents state.

Police later learned that Ortiz's license was suspended, documents state.

Ortiz is charged with fleeing and eluding and was cited for driving on a suspended license and reckless driving, documents state.


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His bail was set at $25,000 when he was arraigned Monday night

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