Police: Fairview Twp. man leads officer on 100 mph chase

A Fairview Township man wanted on robbery charges out of Dauphin County allegedly led an officer on a chase reaching speeds of 100 mph, according to police.

Todd Alan Kriegsman fled from a Fairview Township officer on Salem Road on Dec. 29, prompting the chase on Interstate 83, police said.

Kriegsman, 41, of the 100 block of Meadowbrook Road, is charged with aggravated assault, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer and driving with a suspended license.

At the time of the chase, he was wanted for a robbery in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, police said.

According to a news release from Swatara Township Police, Kriegsman entered a Sheetz at 2695 Paxton St. about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 27 and asked to prepay for gasoline.

When the cashier opened the cash register drawer, Kriegsman leaned over the counter and removed an undisclosed amount of money from the drawer, police said. He then fled from the convenience store in his truck, the release states.

Todd Kriegsman. Photo courtesy of the Swatara Township Police Department.

Spotted: A Fairview Township officer spotted Kriegsman's truck about 12:45 a.m. Dec. 29 off the road in the 600 block of Salem Road, where it was being illuminated by the lights of another truck, court documents state.

The officer immediately recognized Kriegsman as a robbery suspect and approached the truck with his gun drawn, police said.  

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Took off: "Todd began driving at me and swerved quickly to the right, escaping our confrontation," Officer Anthony Jackson wrote in charging documents.

Jackson stopped approaching Kriegsman when he thought Kriegsman was going to hit him with the truck, police said.

Two tractor-trailer drivers spotted Kriegsman nearly hitting the officer and unsuccessfully tried to block him as he drove off, according to charging documents.

Jackson followed Kriegsman as he headed onto Interstate 83 northbound, reaching speeds of 101 mph, police said.

Jackson stopped the chase just after going into Cumberland County. Kriegsman was arrested later that day in Harrisburg.

Kriegsman remains in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $105,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.

He is due back in York County for his preliminary hearing Feb. 12 at District Judge Scott Gross' office. 

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