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Police: Four led police on chase through York City
Police say four people led them on an early-morning chase through York City in a stolen vehicle, where guns and drugs were found.
Tobias Bethune-Banks, 20, of 214 Ark Drive, Dallastown, is charged with criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm as a felon, flight to void apprehension, firearms carried without a license, resisting arrest, drug charges and loitering at night time, documents state. Mikeem Kavaun Allen, 22, of 506 N. George Street, is charged with charged with criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm as a felon, firearms carried without a license, resisting arrest, drug charges and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, documents state.
At around 3 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, State Police were traveling east on Route 30, approaching North Hills Road in Springettsbury Township, when they started traveling behind a white Toyota Sienna minivan that was reported stolen, documents state.
Police say they followed the car as it turned north onto North Hills Road, and upon entering Camelot Arms Apartments, they turned on their emergency lights, causing the driver of the car to flee out of the complex, head south on North Hills Road and back west on Route 30. The vehicle turned off of Route 30 and traveled west on Whiteford Road, then south on Eberts Lane, accelerating to speeds in excess of 90 mph as the car entered York City, documents state. Police chased the vehicle throughout the city until it came to a stop when they attempted to turn west onto Commerce Street, failing to negotiate a turn, and it slid into Wagmans Metal, on 400 S. Albermarle Street, documents state.
Police say after the chase, four black males exited out of the passenger side door and fled west on Commerce Street, and officers began to chase them again, this time on foot.
An officer was able to apprehend Allen, where a bag of marijuana and money were found on him, documents state. Police also saw that while Allen was in front of the patrol vehicle, he removed an object from his pockets and placed it into his underwear before the search, documents state.
Police say a criminal history check on Allen showed that he is a person not to possess a firearm. Police also searched the vehicle due to a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the inside, and found two loaded pistols in plain view, as well as five flip phones, documents state. Just outside the door the four exited from, police found a clear bag with a white powdery substance, later identified as crack cocaine, police said.
They were able to apprehend two others, one of which is a minor and the other is Bethune-Banks, documents state. When police attempted to apprehend them in the city, the fled on foot again, and after resisting arrest, the two were taken into custody, according to documents. Police say they found Bethune-Banks with a digital scale, unknown amount of money and a white powdery substance in a bag, suspected to be cocaine or a counterfeit substance made to look like it, documents state.
They were unable to locate the fourth person in the vehicle, police said.
Allen and Bethune-Banks remain in York County Prison after being unable to post $100,000 bail.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at email@example.com