Police: Man led chase into Hanover-area Walmart

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Police say a Penn Township man fled from police in a car, then ran on foot into a Hanover-area Walmart.
  • James Putman, 43, is accused of running from police, documents state.
  • Putman remains in York County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

After being caught in a stolen car near the West Manheim Township Walmart, a Penn Township man fled in the vehicle and then on foot into the store itself, according to police.

The alleged driver, James Lawrence Putman, was found hiding near the store's cart entrance, court documents state.

Putman, 43, of 600 Frederick St., is charged with theft, receiving stolen property, flight to avoid apprehension, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and DUI, among other charges.

According to West Manheim Township Police, Putman fled from police when he was pulled over in the parking lot of the Walmart at 1881 Baltimore Pike.

James Putman

Pulled over: A man reported his 2008 Chevy Aveo stolen from the Turkey Hill in Hanover just before 10 p.m. Monday, and police say that vehicle was seen turning into the Walmart parking lot about midnight.

The responding officer, who was patrolling the parking lot, pulled the vehicle over and attempted to detain the occupant, later identified as Putman, at gunpoint, according to charging documents.

Putman exited the car but ignored the officer's commands, police said.

Putman hesitated and then "quickly jumped" back into the vehicle, court documents allege. The officer approached the car and tried taking Putman into custody, but he took off through the parking lot, police said.

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Chase: The officer returned to his car and followed. Police say the officer continued to the south corner by the loading docks of the store, where he saw the car, now unoccupied, drifting into a wall.

Putman was seen running toward the front of the store, and the officer ran to the entrance of the grocery section, documents state.

Putman was found tucked away in a shopping cart loading dock's dead end, police said.

Putman matched the suspect in photos from the Turkey Hill's surveillance camera, documents state. Additionally, police say four bags of crack cocaine were seen beneath the shopping carts where Putman was arrested. Suspected crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia were found inside the stolen vehicle, according to charging documents.

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While in custody, Putman agreed to speak with police, and he told them he had no idea who owned the vehicle he was driving, police said. He told police he was sick and needed to get to Maryland to purchase cocaine, court documents state.

Police say Putman said he smoked a gram of crack cocaine about 15 minutes before he was pulled over.

Putman was taken to Hanover Hospital, where police say he refused chemical testing. He was then taken to central booking for arraignment.

Putman was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 17 at District Judge James Miner's office.

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