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Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
  • York City Police allege Markeeva Miller fled on foot after crashing, leaving behind her child.

Police are searching for a York City woman who allegedly caused a police chase and crashed into a home, despite having two children in her SUV.

Markeeva Ayonna Miller fled the scene of the crash on foot, York City Police said. She remained on the lam as of Wednesday, Aug. 2.

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Miller, 23, whose last-known address was in the 700 block of West King Street, will be charged with fleeing or eluding police, child endangerment, four counts of reckless endangerment, causing a crash that damaged attended property, reckless driving, driving at an unsafe speed, four counts of running stop signs, two counts of running red lights and one count of driving an unregistered vehicle.

According to charging documents filed Tuesday, Aug. 1, York City Officers Ben Praster and Chuck Crumpton tried to pull over a Saturn VUE in the 500 block of West Princess Street for having an expired registration about 3:15 p.m. July 27.

Even though the officers activated their cruiser's lights and siren, Miller took off in the SUV, documents state.

Ten-block chase: She led the officers on a high-speed chase for 10 blocks before the officers ended the pursuit because it was dangerous to the public, according to charging documents.

During the chase, Miller drove at a high rate of speed, ran four stops signs and two red lights and drove with "reckless disregard" for the safety of pedestrians and other drivers, documents state.

The officers were still in the area when bystanders alerted them to a crash at the corner of West College and South Belvidere avenues, police said.

There, Praster and Crumpton found the Saturn VUE crashed into a home in the 200 block of South Belvidere that was occupied at the time, documents state. Police did not report any injuries.

Left child in car: It appears Miller crashed after failing to negotiate a turn, police said.

Police found Miller's child, an adult passenger and the passenger's child in the SUV, but by that time Miller had jumped out and ran off, according to charging documents.

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The officers also found a small amount of marijuana on the driver-side floorboard of the SUV, police said.

Anyone with information on Miller's whereabouts can call 911.

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