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A Carlisle-area man wanted for bank robberies in two counties fled from police in Cumberland County on Monday morning after carjacking a vehicle there, making it to York City before crashing and being arrested by state police, officials said.

Scott Tilden, 35, is now in custody, arrested in York City after crashing into a building, according to Lower Allen Township Police Chief Frank Williamson.

The crash happened near the corner of West College and Brooklyn avenues and was the second caused by the fleeing suspect, according to a York County 911 supervisor.

The blue Volkwagen Tilden allegedly stole crashed into a brick apartment building, damaging the building.

Tilden is wanted for allegedly committing several bank robberies in Cumberland and Adams counties, police have said.

At 10:51 a.m. Monday, Tilden stole a car from a gas station in the 1500 block of Cedar Cliff Drive in Lower Allen, according to a Lower Allen news release.

Dragged: The car was left idling when Tilden took it, police said. The car's owner reached into the open driver-side window and grabbed Tilden, but was dragged until he fell away from the car, allowing Tilden to make his getaway, according to police.

The owner suffered injuries to his knees and elbows, police said.

Lower Allen Township Police, who said they quickly determined it was Tilden who committed the carjacking, said Upper Allen Township Police spotted the stolen car a short time later and chased it, but the pursuit was terminated in Monroe Township.

Mechanicsburg Police then spotted the stolen car on East Main Street and trailed behind it in traffic until Upper Allen officers again joined the pursuit and chased Tilden into York County, police said.

Tilden fled south on Route 74, according to 911 radio transmissions.

Two crashes: He caused a crash at North Adams Street and Carlisle Road in West Manchester Township before fleeing into York City and crashing there about 1:15 p.m., the York County 911 supervisor said.

By that point, state police had begun chasing the car and arrested Tilden after he crashed into a building, police said.

It's unclear whether the apartment building he damaged was occupied.

Williamson said Tilden was pursued two separate times for nearly an hour by officers from various police departments.

In addition to being wanted for bank robberies in the Littlestown and Carlisle areas, Tilden will now be charged with robbery of a motor vehicle and theft of a motor vehicle, Lower Allen Township Police said.

Anyone with information on this case can call Lower Allen police at (717) 238-9676. Or call Cumberland County Crime Stoppers at (855) 628-8477.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.