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Christopher Dornblaser
  • A York City teen who allegedly had drugs on him is accused of fleeing from police, documents state.
  • Sheldon Small, 18, crashed the Jeep and struck a York City Police car before hitting a tree, police said.
  • He remains free on $35,000 bail.

A police pursuit of a York City teen ended Wednesday when the teen's Jeep hit a police vehicle and crashed into a tree, according to investigators.

Sheldon Fitzgerald Small, 18, of 220 S. Queen St., is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, reckless endangerment, drug possession and summary traffic offenses, charging documents state.

Small allegedly had crack and powdered cocaine on him when he was taken into custody, police said.

Allegations: About 3 p.m. Wednesday, police officers on a traffic detail in the 300 block of South Pershing Avenue saw a silver Jeep run a stop sign there and continue south on Pershing, according to court documents.

Other officers began following the vehicle east on Cottage Place, then south on South George Street. The officers activated lights and sirens when they saw the driver run a red light and turn right onto West Jackson Street. At that point, the driver fled "at a high rate of speed" north on Cleveland Avenue, police said.

The driver of the Jeep got away from the pursuing officers, who informed other officers where the vehicle was last seen, police said.

Sheldon Small

Not long after, police say, the Jeep crashed at the intersection of South George Street and East Maple Street. Four people were seen fleeing the area south on George Street, according to police. Small and two others were taken into custody after a short foot pursuit, charging documents state.

Police did not identify the other two people, and it is not clear if they face charges as well.

A York City officer said the Jeep had come at him at a high rate of speed and struck his car before crashing into a tree, police said. That officer identified Small as the Jeep's driver, court documents state.

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Crack and powdered cocaine, along with packaging materials, were found in the Jeep, and Small was found to be carrying crack and powdered cocaine as well, police allege. Small did not have a valid driver's license, according to charging documents.

Small was arraigned on the charges Thursday morning at central booking. He remains free after posting $35,000 bail, online court records show. A phone number for Small could not be found, and an attorney is not listed for him.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. April 6 at District Judge Ronald J. Haskell Jr.'s office.

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