PSP: Man drags trooper at DUI checkpoint
- State police say Louis Acosta, 19, dragged a state trooper while fleeing from a DUI checkpoint.
- Acosta led police on a chase before crashing into a stop sign, police said.
- He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.
A man allegedly dragged a state police trooper when he tried to escape from a DUI checkpoint in Spring Garden Township over the weekend, according to police.
Louis Junior Acosta, of no fixed address, sped off from the checkpoint Saturday and then crashed into a stop sign, according to court documents.
Acosta, 19, admitted to smoking "several blunts" that day, police said. He is charged with aggravated assault, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, endangering child welfare, corruption of minors, reckless endangerment and marijuana possession, among other charges, according to online court records.
DUI checkpoint: Acosta was stopped at a DUI checkpoint on the Interstate 83 business loop in Spring Garden Township about 1 a.m. Saturday, court documents state.
A trooper approached his vehicle from the driver's side and asked Acosta to put the vehicle in park, police said.
The trooper had smelled marijuana coming from inside Acosta's Acura TSX, documents state. Police say a baggie of marijuana was later found in the car.
The trooper attempted to open Acosta's door, but Acosta accelerated away from the checkpoint and dragged the trooper, according to charging documents. The trooper suffered injuries to her hand and knee.
Chase: Three other troopers gave chase in state police vehicles with lights and sirens as Acosta continued north on South George Street, police said.
One of the troopers clocked Acosta going 110 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to charging documents.
The car chase ended when Acosta tried to negotiate a right turn onto Hope Alley and crashed into a stop sign, police said. Acosta got out of the car and fled on foot before York City Police took him into custody, documents state.
Police say a 15-year-old was in Acosta's vehicle at the time, and he told police he was afraid to be in the car because of how fast Acosta was going.
Admission: While in police custody, police say Acosta admitted to a few things.
Acosta told police that he had smoked "several blunts" within the past day, about noon and about 4 p.m. that day and again about an hour before going through the checkpoint, court documents allege.
Acosta explained that he fled because he was afraid of getting arrested for driving with a suspended license, police said.
He also admitted that he crashed because he was going too fast, documents state.
Acosta said the marijuana found in the car was his, police said. Acosta also said he didn't have permission to drive the car, which is his sister's, according to court documents.
Acosta was taken to central booking and was arraigned there Saturday morning. He was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 8 at District Judge Nancy Edie's office.
Weekend checkpoint: Acosta was one of 15 people arrested at that checkpoint over the weekend, according to a news release from state police.
The checkpoint, staffed by state police, West Manchester Township Police, York City Police and Springettsbury Township Police, netted 15 DUI arrests, five drug arrests and one illegal firearm possession arrest, a news release states.
Five people were cited for driving with a suspended license, and 10 people were cited for not using seat belts, police said.
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