York County police use spike strip, Taser to stop man they say led them on long car chase while high
Police say they had to use spike strips to stop a man who allegedly led officers on a long chase around southern York County while high on drugs Saturday afternoon.
The pickup truck Edward Joseph Tripp, 42, of North East, Md., was riding in was pulled over by Southern Regional Police at about 3 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of North Main Street in Shrewsbury for having expired emissions and inspection stickers, according to charging documents.
He gave officers the name of Eddie Stanley, police say, and when the driver got out of the car, Tripp, who had been riding shotgun, slid over to the driver's seat, turned the truck on, and took off, documents state.
He allegedly led police in a chase up the Susquehanna Trail, at one point turning off the trail, only to cut back onto it across someone's lawn and then head south in the green 1995 Chevrolet K1500 he was driving.
He pulled into a Rutter's parking lot along the trail back in Shrewsbury, according to documents. Pursuing officers hemmed him in, blocking both exits with their cars, but Tripp floored it toward one of them, and the officer had to accelerate out of the way to avoid being struck, according to documents.
This time, Tripp headed east to Route 24, and then up it, with the Southern Regional officers and now also state troopers in pursuit, documents state. When he got to Winterstown, he turned west onto Sycamore Lane, cut through a field, went back to Route 24, where he now headed back south, police allege.
Finally, around Cherry Street, police were able to end the chase by deploying a spike strip, which popped all his tires, documents state.
Police say Tripp was uncooperative, and used a Taser to subdue him. He again told them the wrong name, but later admitted that he lied about his name, and that he'd consumed about $50 worth of both cocaine and heroin, documents state. Officers say they found some cocaine and heroin in the vehicle.
Tripp has been charged with a range of crimes, including assault of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, fleeing or eluding a police officer, resisting arrest, driving under the influence and providing false identification to a police officer; he's also been cited for a broad array of traffic summary offenses, which police say he committed over the course of the chase.
Tripp remains in York County Prison on $100,000 bail, according to the York County sheriff's Office.
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