Police: Red Lion man, drunk, trips during escape attempt

A Red Lion man running from police didn't make it very far, according to officials.

York Area Regional Police say Derrik James Flaharty was running from a traffic stop and only went "a few hundred feet" before tripping and falling.

Flaharty, 26, of the 200 block of Posey Lane, is charged with flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, DUI and public drunkenness, among other charges.

Derrik Flaharty

Traffic stop: Flaharty was pulled over about 11:30 p.m. Nov. 21 near the Sheetz at 3200 Cape Horn Road in York Township, according to police.

His blue Nissan Altima, police said, was not insured.

Officer Joshua Crimmel approached the vehicle and found Flaharty in the driver's seat, and Flaharty told police he did not have an ID or driver's license on him, documents state.

Crimmel told Flaharty to stay in the car while he ran his license, police said.

Fleeing: As Crimmel was running the license, he saw the driver's side door open and Flaharty began running "full speed" toward the rear of the Sheetz and up a hill toward a construction site for a new Tractor Supply store, court documents state.

Crimmel told Flaharty to stop or he would be shocked with a Taser, police said.

"Just as I was getting close enough ... to use my Taser, Flaharty tripped and fell," Crimmel wrote in charging documents.

Flaharty was then taken into custody, police said.

Crimmel wrote in charging documents that the two had run a few hundred feet and that Flaharty cut his right knee when he fell. Flaharty was bleeding through his sweatpants, police said.

Arrest: When police searched Flaharty, a strong smell of alcohol was coming from him, documents state. Police say Flaharty admitted to drinking but could not say how many drinks he had or what kind. Police say he had slurred speech and red eyes.

Once inside Crimmel's car, Flaharty asked the officer to call his girlfriend on his cellphone, but Crimmel couldn't figure out how to work Flaharty's phone, which police say caused Flaharty to become angry. 

Flaharty banged his head on the Plexiglas in the car, which caused his head to bleed, according to charging documents.

He was taken to York Hospital to have his injuries checked, and police say while there he refused to provide a blood sample. Flaharty was then taken to central booking, where he again refused to provide a blood sample, even after Crimmel obtained a warrant for it, police said.

According to court documents, Flaharty's license was suspended because of a DUI at the time of the incident.

Flaharty was arraigned on the charges and sent to York County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19 at District Judge Scott Laird's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser