Police: Man drove wrong way on I-83, East Market during chase

  • Police say Michael Mcvicker, 45, led officers on a chase from York City to I-83 last month.
  • McVicker was wanted for multiple thefts, according to police.
  • McVicker remains in York County Prison in lieu of $515,000 bail.

A man wanted in multiple burglaries led police on a chase from York City to Interstate 83 early last month, according to police.

York City Police say Michael Jason McVicker fled from police in the city and continued onto I-83 on Nov. 9.

McVicker, 45, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of Second Avenue, is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude officer, DUI, reckless driving, driving without a license and receiving stolen property.

Michael McVicker. Photo courtesy of the West York Police Department.

Chase: Police responded to the 500 block of West Mason Avenue at about 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 for a report that McVicker had been spotted in the area, court documents state.

McVicker, driving a red pickup truck with an enclosed trailer, was driving at the intersection of South George Street and West Princess Street when two York City officers pulled up behind him and turned their lights and sirens on, police said.

McVicker didn't stop and continued south on South George Street at low speeds, and police say he passed vehicles while fleeing.

He continued onto the I-83 southbound ramp across from York Hospital and continued south at high speeds, court documents state. At one point, police said, McVicker got off of the ramp and turned onto I-83 northbound, nearly striking multiple vehicles.

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After going north for a distance, McVicker crossed a grass field and went the wrong way up the entrance ramp at the East Market Street exit on I-83 north, charging documents state.

He then traveled the wrong way on East Market Street, traveling westbound in the eastbound lane, and police say he again nearly hit multiple vehicles.

McVicker got on the I-83 southbound ramp, and he continued until his car seized just south of the South Queen Street exit, police said. 


From there McVicker jumped out of his car, crossed several lanes of traffic and was taken into custody shortly after, documents state.

The truck and trailer he was driving were stolen, police said.

He was taken to York Hospital for a blood draw, and court documents state he had cocaine in his system during the chase.

Burglary: Police also searched his trailer and found a motorcycle that was stolen during a West York burglary, according to officials.

West York Police say McVicker rammed a white Ford E-150 van into the garage of the home about 5:45 a.m. Oct. 28.

He then took a Suzuki Katana motorcycle and a child's dirt bike, which together are valued a little over $2,000, according to court documents.

After releasing surveillance footage of the incident to the public, officials determined McVicker was the man who stole the items, police said.

The day after the burglary, McVicker led York City Police on a separate chase after he fled from a traffic stop, court documents state. Like his Nov. 9 chase, he stopped his car near an exit on I-83 and fled on foot, police said.

Unlike his Nov. 9 incident, McVicker was able to avoid capture that day, officials said.

At the time of his November arrest, police say McVicker was also wanted in a York City burglary in which a concrete saw was stolen from a construction site.

Charges from the Nov. 9 incident were not filed until Dec. 6. He was arraigned on the charges Thursday, Dec. 7.

He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $515,000 bail, according to online court records.

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