Police: Driver crashed into Susquehanna Commerce Center

Liz Evans Scolforo

Charges are pending against a Wrightsville man who crashed his car into the Susquehanna Commerce Center in York City on Wednesday night, police said.

Joshua Kopp, 34, jumped out of the wrecked Ford Fusion and tried to flee on foot but was captured by officers, according to York City Police Lt. Troy Bankert.

York City Police said a Wrightsville man speeding on West Philadelphia Street lost control and crashed into the Susquehanna Commerce Center about 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
(Photo courtesy of Matthew Higgins)

According to Bankert, a city patrol officer in the first block of West Philadelphia Street spotted a Ford Fusion driving at an "extreme" speed about 8 p.m. Wednesday. The officer jumped in his cruiser and activated his lights, but by that time it was too late.

Speed caused the Fusion to bottom out at the Philadelphia Street bridge over the Codorus Creek, causing Kopp to lose control, the lieutenant said.

The Fusion struck a parked car and crashed into the Susquehanna Commerce Center at 221 W. Philadelphia St., Bankert said.

"Technically, we're not even considering it a pursuit," he said.

Brief foot chase: Kopp got out of the Fusion and took off on foot but was quickly arrested by officers who gave chase, according to Bankert.

A person who was in the parked car struck by the Fusion suffered minor injuries and was taken to York Hospital, he said.

"Evidence in the Fusion indicates this was a DUI," Bankert said.

Kopp was taken to York Hospital to have blood drawn for a blood-alcohol test, he said.

Police are waiting for the results of that testing before filing charges against Kopp, according to Bankert.

York City fire/rescue personnel responded and determined the building remains structurally sound, the lieutenant said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.