West York Police: Cop sniffs out fugitive, finds crack

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

West York Police sniffed out an alleged crack-cocaine dealer over the weekend, but the wanted fugitive didn't make it easy for officers to arrest him, according to charging documents.

Tevin Najee Johnson led police on a high-speed chase, followed by a foot pursuit, after Patrolman Tyler Clayton tried to pull him over on Sunday, Nov. 26, police allege.

Tevin Johnson

Clayton wrote in charging documents that he was in a cruiser behind Johnson's Infiniti sedan about 3 p.m. and could smell burned and unsmoked, or "raw," marijuana coming from the car while in the 1200 block of West Market Street.

Clayton followed the Infiniti for six blocks then tried to pull it over in the 1800 block of West Market Street, documents state.

Johnson stopped briefly in the 1900 block, then made a U-turn and fled east, cutting off traffic in both lanes, police said.

Crashed: The Infiniti reached speeds of up to 90 mph, passing other eastbound vehicles by swerving into the westbound lane, and crashed into another vehicle while trying to turn right onto Richland Avenue, documents state.

At that point, Johnson jumped out of the car and ran away on foot — south on Richland Avenue, west on West Mason Avenue, then back east across Richland, police said.

Officers yelled for him to stop, and Johnson eventually complied, sitting down in a parking lot in the 900 block of West King Street, according to charging documents.

That's when Johnson told officers he was "on the run" from authorities in York and Adams counties, police said. Officers also determined he was driving with a suspended license, "and he had what appeared to be green marijuana crumbs on his shirt," documents state.

Bags of crack: After obtaining a search warrant, Clayton found a small amount of pot in the Infiniti, plus two baggies of what's believed to be crack cocaine, which was found in a jacket on the floor of the back seat, according to documents.

"One baggie was the size of a golf ball, the other was significantly larger," Clayton wrote in documents.

Also seized from the Infiniti were three digital scales, one of which had white powdery residue on it, police said.

Court records state Johnson was wanted in York City after a judge ordered his bail revoked on his pending robbery case, and that he is wanted in Adams County on drug-dealing charges filed against him there in June by Gettysburg Police.

The charges: Johnson, 22, of the first block of High Street in Gettysburg, is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, flight to avoid apprehension, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, reckless endangerment, causing an accident involving an attended vehicle, DUI, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He also was cited with reckless driving and driving with a suspended license, documents state.

Johnson was arraigned Monday, Nov. 27, at York County's central booking unit, after which he was slated to be transported to York County Prison on $15,000 bail and his fugitive warrants.

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