Police: Fleeing driver on crack and PCP crashed into cruisers
- Police said Raymond Rosario repeatedly crashed into 3 police cruisers during a chase early Friday.
- As soon as he was captured, Rosario told officers he was on PCP, documents state.
- Police also said the Brooklyn man had been smoking crack cocaine and drinking alcohol before the chase.
A New York man initially pulled over for driving without headlights led police on a seven-mile chase, during which he crashed into three separate state police cruisers, drove on flattened tires and forced police to ram his car to stop him, charging documents allege.
Once in custody, Raymond Anthony Rosario quickly told police he was using angel dust, which is PCP, documents state. He later told officers he'd actually smoked both crack cocaine and a cigarette dipped in PCP and also drank alcohol before being pulled over, police allege.
Rosario, 30, of 1214 41st St. in Brooklyn, remains in York County Prison on $100,000 bail, charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, four counts of reckless endangerment, DUI, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The encounter started when an officer with Northern York County Regional Police spotted Rosario driving without his headlights early Friday morning, just after midnight, at the intersection of North George Street and Parkway Boulevard, police said.
He pulled over Rosario near the corner of North George Street and Fourth Avenue, and he noticed a "large amount of drug paraphernalia" on the front passenger seat and also noticed Rosario appeared to be intoxicated, documents state.
Took off: But after briefly pulling over, Rosario took off, with the Northern Regional officer giving chase, police said.
Rosario got onto Route 30 and headed east, with several state police cruisers joining the chase and taking over for the Northern Regional officer, documents state.
Troopers deployed stop sticks on the highway near the Shoehouse Road overpass, flattening the two front tires on Rosario's fleeing Infiniti sedan, police said.
But that didn't stop Rosario, who kept fleeing — forcing troopers to use their cruisers to try to box him in and stop him, documents state.
Rosario stopped the car, but as troopers approached his vehicle he drove around their vehicles and took off again, still heading east, according to police.
He repeatedly struck the cruisers "in order to break free and continue to flee," documents state.
New York bound: Trooper David Petrosky was able to stop Rosario by ramming the Infiniti with his police cruiser in the area of the Hellam exit, documents state. Rosario was then arrested without incident, police said, which is when he "quickly" told them he was on PCP.
Police found crack, a glass crack pipe and other paraphernalia inside the car, documents state.
Rosario told troopers "that he struck the PSP vehicles because he wanted to get away and drive back to the state of New York," according to charging documents.
It's unclear whether he has retained an attorney.
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