Police: 'Habitual offender' back in jail after 117 mph chase

Liz Evans Scolforo

If police allegations are true, it's almost as if "habitual offender" Jeffrey Lynn Stouter Jr. wanted to go back to prison.

State police say Stouter was once again driving without a license about 8:30 p.m. Monday on Route 30 near the Wrightsville exit when he caught the attention of a trooper by twice drifting over the fog line of the highway's passing lane.

Jeffrey Stouter Jr.

And from that point, Stouter just kept making things worse for himself, according to police allegations.

He led troopers on a high-speed chase from Lancaster County into York City, with speeds reaching 117 mph, charging documents state.

When he was eventually captured, Stouter told troopers "he wanted to get away because he just spent 22 months in state prison because he is a habitual offender, and he did not want to go back to jail," documents state.

The charges: Stouter, 40, of 5235 Chambersburg Road in Orrtanna, Adams County, is now in York County Prison on $25,000 bail, charged with the felony of fleeing or attempting to elude police and the misdemeanors of flight to avoid apprehension, reckless endangerment, receiving stolen property and being a habitual offender driving illegally.

He's also been cited with numerous summary traffic offenses, including driving with a suspended or revoked license, passing vehicles on the shoulder, going the wrong way on a one-way street, running stop signs, speeding and reckless driving.

Stouter can't be released even if he's able to post his bail.

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That's because he's also being held on three out-of-county detainers, according to prison records. Two are from Adams County for failure to pay costs and fines and a probation violation on a shoplifting case; the third is from Snyder County, and is a detainer on a pending shoplifting case.

The allegations: Troopers spotted Stouter heading east on Route 30 and clocked his car going 105 mph for about a third of a mile, documents state.

Troopers tried to stop the car, but Stouter left Route 30 at the Prospect Road exit, then got back on the highway heading west, police allege.

He accelerated to 117 mph, used the right shoulder to pass a tractor-trailer and a car, then used the left shoulder to pass a number of vehicles, documents state.

Stouter lost troopers while still in Hellam Township, but different troopers were waiting for him at the intersection of Lincoln Highway (Route 462) and Kreutz Creek Road and started chasing him again, according to charging documents.

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He again failed to stop, and a short time later swerved around a different state police cruiser that was responding to stop him, police said.

Troopers used spike strips at the intersection of routes 462 and 24 to try to disable his car and struck his right front tire, they said, but Stouter kept going.

He ran two red lights, turned west onto Whiteford Road and passed a vehicle in the opposing lane, documents state. He then ran the stop sign at Whiteford and North Hills roads and fled west onto Route 30, police said.

Car rammed: A trooper rammed Stouter's car with a cruiser, causing it to spin out, but Stouter kept fleeing, heading south onto 11th Avenue and eventually onto Eberts Lane, going the wrong way on the one-way road, police said.

Stouter fled into York City, turned onto Philadelphia Street, then North Franklin Avenue, Walnut Street, State Street, Wallace Street and onto Chain Avenue, documents state. At that point, a woman in the passenger seat got out and tried to flee, police said.

Stouter took off again, eventually making his way to East Market Street, documents state. Just prior to the Sherman Street intersection, troopers boxed him in, and his car struck two parked vehicles, police said.

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Stouter jumped out and ran off, with four troopers giving chase, police said. They arrested him after finding him hiding behind a vehicle near East Clark Avenue and Elaine Place, police said.

In addition to driving without a license and fleeing police, Stouter also had an active arrest warrant on a retail theft case — as did his passenger, documents state. Police arrested her after she bailed out of Stouter's vehicle, documents indicate.

Stolen Xbox found: Troopers found a stolen Xbox, still in its factory packaging, and Beats headphones still in their case, police said. Stouter later said he bought them on the street in York City, documents state.

It is unclear whether Stouter has retained an attorney.

Online court records show Stouter was convicted or pleaded guilty in a number of criminal cases in York, Adams, Dauphin, Franklin and Snyder counties, for offenses including resisting arrest, fleeing or eluding police, simple assault, driving with a suspended license and retail theft.

He is currently charged in Talbot County, Maryland, with hit-and-run-related offenses and driving without a license, according to court records.

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