Police: Seven Valleys-area man chased wife with car

Liz Evans Scolforo
  • James Hamme allegedly tried to crash his car into his wife's car as he chased her in a church lot.
  • He's in prison on $50,000 bail and also is serving a 15-day sentence for another domestic incident.

A North Codorus Township man assaulted his wife, then used his car to chase hers in a church parking lot while yelling that he intended to kill her, according to charging documents.

James Randolph Hamme, 53, of 1400 Seven Valleys Road, remains in York County Prison on $50,000 bail, charged with two counts of attempted simple assault, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and harassment.

Lisa Hamme suffered scrapes and minor cuts on both elbows and shins during Monday's 4:06 p.m. incident, according to Southwestern Regional Police.

She called 911 just after 4 p.m., reporting that her husband was trying to run into her vehicle in the parking lot of Grace Fellowship Church at 1405 Seven Valleys Road, charging documents state.

Police said James Hamme, of North Codorus Township, crashed into a light pole in a church parking lot while allegedly trying to run down his wife.
(Photo courtesy of Southwestern Regional Police)

She told a dispatcher that he was highly agitated and yelling out the window of his Pontiac Grand Prix that he was going to kill her, according to documents.

Before officers arrived, James Hamme crashed his car into a metal lamppost, causing the car to become stuck, police said.

When Officer Stu Harrison and Sgt. Jack Greene arrived, James Hamme was "very angry" and yelling, according to police.

'She did it': When the officers asked him how the car became stuck on the lamppost, he pointed at his wife and said, "She f—ing did it," charging documents state.

But when the officers asked who was driving, James Hamme admitted he had been behind the wheel during the crash, police allege. He admitted he and Lisa Hamme had argued, that she left their home and went across the street to the church parking lot, and that he was trying to chase her down, documents state.

James Hamme

Police allege the couple had been involved in an ongoing domestic argument since Friday, and that he had caused her minor injuries and broke the windshield of her vehicle. He was cited with harassment for that incident, police said.

Lisa Hamme told officers that on Monday, she'd asked her husband what they were going to do about the cracked windshield, and that he became upset and replied, "I ain't fixing s— or paying for anything until you keep your big mouth shut at the hearing on Wednesday," charging documents state.

County court: Both James and Lisa Hamme were in York County Court on Wednesday appealing summary harassment convictions from a previous domestic incident, according to court records. At the close of his appeal hearing, he was ordered to serve 15 days in county prison, records state. Her harassment case was dismissed, according to court records.

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Lisa Hamme then told officers that Monday's argument turned physical when her husband "flipped her" out of her chair, pushed her down and threw her against a wall, causing her minor injuries, documents allege.

"Fearing for her safety, Lisa stated she left the residence in her car and went directly across the street to the parking lot of the Grace Fellowship Church," where she called 911, documents state.

Her husband followed in the Grand Prix and started chasing her car around the lot, according to police.

Alleged threat: She told officers he kept trying to cut her off, drove straight at her, and yelled, "I'm going to kill you," from his open car window, documents allege.

Shortly afterward, he crashed into the light pole, police said.

Defense attorney Jennifer Smith, who represents James Hamme in his harassment case, declined immediate comment, saying she had not yet reviewed the charging documents and had not spoken at length with her client about his new criminal charges.

He also has a pending drunken-driving case in York County, according to court records.

'Long history': Southwestern Regional Police Chief Greg Bean confirmed his officers have been called to the Hamme home repeatedly in the past for domestic disputes.

"We are trying to help them solve their problems, and we have a long history of trying to do that," Bean said. "Unfortunately, marital discord erupted again."

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.