PSP: Street sign stops man running from trooper

Christopher Dornblaser
  • A York City man is accused of running from a state trooper last week.
  • Police say Napolean Snellings tried to steal a car while running from the trooper.
  • He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $60,000 bail.

Three Taser deployments, an attempted carjacking and an on-foot collision with a street sign are just a sample of things that happened during a pursuit state police had when they tried arresting a York City man last week, charging documents state.

Napolean Sherard Snellings, 41, of 727 E. Philadelphia St., is accused of running from a trooper while allegedly telling that trooper "I have a gun," according to state police.

He is charged with resisting arrest, flight to avoid apprehension, attempted robbery and attempted theft by unlawful taking, according to charging documents.

A state police trooper was trying to arrest Snellings on a warrant when the York City resident allegedly fled, police said.

Napolean Snellings

Pursuit:  About 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19, a state police trooper was sitting in the parking lot of Mister Car Wash, 2720 E. Market St., in Springettsbury Township.

While sitting there, the trooper noticed Snellings exiting the front passenger seat of a blue Volvo SUV in the parking lot, documents state. The trooper recognized Snellings from previous dealings with him, and the trooper knew there was an active warrant out for Snellings' arrest out of state police's York barracks, according to court documents.

Police say the trooper attempted to take Snellings into custody, but Snellings fled on foot. The chase led through the parking lot and into a rock drainage area, making the trooper fall and causing minor injury, police said.

When the trooper picked himself up from the fall, he yelled at Snellings to stop, police said.

Police: Man stuck under SUV after pursuit

"As I was pursuing Snellings, I heard him making statements of 'I have a gun,'" the trooper wrote in charging documents.

From there, the trooper chased Snellings into another parking lot, where police say Snellings continued to ignore commands. Snellings ran around a vehicle in the parking lot and continued telling the trooper that he had a gun, police said.

The trooper attempted to stun Snellings with a Taser but was unsuccessful, according to charging documents.

Snellings tried to stop a vehicle, causing the trooper to again try to tase him, police said. That attempt was unsuccessful as well.

Alleged carjacking attempt:  Police say Snellings continued to flee to the intersections of Eastern Boulevard and Northern Way, where there was a black Jeep Wrangler stopped at a light.

Snellings allegedly attempted to get into the vehicle by pulling on the driver-side door handle, according to police. The trooper saw a "distressed look" on the driver's face, and the trooper told him to lock the doors and not allow Snellings in, documents state.

The driver began to drive away in an attempt to stop Snellings from getting into the car, according to police. Snellings let go and then continued fleeing on foot until he collided with a street sign in the median of the roadway, causing him to fall to the ground, police allege.

In an interview with the driver after Snellings' arrest, the driver told troopers that he thought he was going to get carjacked, police said.

When the trooper tried to arrest Snellings, he continued to resist by locking his arms out to the side of his body, documents state. Another responding trooper deployed her Taser on Snellings, which allowed them to take Snellings into custody, police said.

Snellings had an active warrant for fleeing and eluding, possession of prohibited weapons and possession of a controlled substance, and that warrant also stated that Snellings was an escape risk who might be armed and dangerous, according to court documents.

Snellings was arraigned on his latest charges that night and was sent to York County Prison in lieu of $60,000 bail. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 6 at District Judge Barry L. Bloss Jr.'s office.

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