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Police: Red Lion teen almost hits officer in escape
A Red Lion teen remains in York County Prison Friday afternoon after police say she nearly struck an officer with her car while trying to drive away from him last month.
Makia Maria Jones, 19, of 450 Carriage Lane, is charged with fleeing from or attempting to elude an officer, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment and DUI, according to charging documents.
Alleged incident: York Area Regional Police were sent to Heritage Hills Park at 5:50 p.m. Feb. 26 for a report of a suspicious vehicle. While there, police say a silver Honda Civic was seen with smoke coming from the vehicle and people inside making "furtive" movements.
The responding officer approached the vehicle and could smell a strong odor of marijuana, police said. The officer identified himself, and the driver, later identified as Jones, revved the engine and began to reverse, court documents state.
The officer was next to the vehicle and told Jones to stop, but she did not, police allege. She then put the car into drive and accelerated forward, all while the officer continued yelling for her to stop, according to police.
"I had to disengage and jump back from the car to avoid being struck," the responding officer wrote in charging documents.
The officer saw the license plate and gave the description of the car to other officers. Another officer stopped Jones about three hours later at 66 W. George St. in Yoe, police said.
When the first officer then spoke to her, her actions were slow and sluggish, documents allege. She smelled of marijuana and had red eyes, according to police.
She did a sobriety test and showed multiple indicators of being intoxicated to the point where she could not drive safely, documents allege. Marijuana was found in her vehicle when police searched it, police said.
Jones was arraigned on the charges Feb. 27 and was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail. It is unclear if she has an attorney.
Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. April 3 at District Judge Scott Laird's office.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.