Police: Fugitive mom injured York County deputy

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York City woman wanted on warrants in York and Dauphin counties injured a sheriff's deputy trying to arrest her, according to allegations in charging documents.

Markeeva Ayonna Miller was considered a fugitive by a number of agencies in two counties, according to court records.

Markeeva Miller

That includes a bench warrant issued from a York County judge who last month revoked Miller's supervised bail in a fleeing-police case for which Miller awaits sentencing.

She also has an outstanding bench warrant issued in Dauphin County Court on a shoplifting case, as well as four traffic/noncriminal warrants from various York County district judges, according to prison records.

"It sounds to me like she's making one irresponsible decision after another," her defense attorney, Bill Graff, told The York Dispatch.

Miller, 23, of the 700 block of West King Street, remains in York County Prison on her warrants.

She also is being held on $20,000 bail for her new charges of felony assault of a law-enforcement officer and the second-degree misdemeanor of resisting arrest.

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The allegations: York County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Smith was working a security shift at the York County Human Services Center at 100 W. Market St. in York City on Friday, Jan. 12, when he received a phone call stating that Miller was in the building, court documents state.

Smith found Miller leaving a first-floor conference room about 11:30 a.m. and told her he was arresting her on the York County bench warrant, Smith wrote in charging documents.

Miller handed her property to a family member and initially turned around to be handcuffed, documents state.

But Miller took off running, with Smith giving chase, according to charging documents.

He caught up with her and tried to get her into custody, but Miller kept pushing him away, forcing Smith to take her to the ground, documents state.

Markeeva Miller

'Flailing arms and legs': Miller continued fighting and was able to break away from Smith a second time by "flailing her arms and legs," after which she and Smith went to the ground a second time as Smith tried to arrest her, according to documents.

"I had told her multiple times to put her hands behind her back and stop resisting, which she refused to do," Smith wrote in charging documents.

Eventually, Smith got handcuffs on Miller and took her into custody, documents state.

He suffered abrasions to his hands, wrist and knees and later sought medical treatment for his injuries, according to documents.

Miller awaits sentencing for causing a police chase earlier this year while she had two children in her car.

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Guilty plea: Miller pleaded guilty in York County Court on Dec. 11 to fleeing or attempting to elude police, child endangerment, four counts of reckless endangerment, causing a crash that damaged attended property and reckless driving.

It was a non-negotiated plea, meaning it will be up to presiding Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook to determine Miller's punishment.

Cook set sentencing for Jan. 29, according to court records.

On Dec. 20 — nine days after Miller's guilty plea — Cook revoked Miller's supervised bail and issued a bench warrant for her arrest, court records state.

High-speed chase: York City Police tried to pull over a Saturn VUE driven by Miller in the 500 block of West Princess Street about 3:15 p.m. July 27. The vehicle had an expired registration, police have said.

But Miller took off.

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

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

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.

Left child in SUV: There, officers 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.

It appeared that Miller crashed after failing to negotiate a turn, police said.

Officers found Miller's child, an adult passenger and the passenger's child in the SUV, police said.

By that time Miller had jumped out and run off, leaving her child behind, court documents state.

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