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A North Codorus Township man left a stolen SUV running while he fled from police, causing it to strike an unoccupied building in York City last week, according to officials.

York City Police say Scott Michael Garman, 36, ran out of the stolen Ford Explorer after being chased by an officer Jan. 23.

Garman, of the 4800 block of Zeigler's Church Road, is charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude officer and summary traffic offenses.

Incident: A police officer spotted the blue Ford Explorer about 7:30 p.m. in the 100 block of East Philadelphia Street, charging documents state.

The officer found that the vehicle was stolen, and he began following it, police said.

He turned on his emergency lights and sirens near Park Street and Garfield Street, but the driver, later identified as Garman, refused to stop and continued west on Park Street, according to court documents. 

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Those documents state he turned south onto Utah Avenue, then pulled over to the west side before getting out and fleeing on foot.

He began fleeing south on Utah Street and was able to get onto West North Street before police took him into custody, charging documents state. Police arrested him in the 300 block of West North Street, officials said.

When Garman left the SUV, police say, he did not put it in park, and it continued south into an unoccupied structure in the 300 block of North Penn Street.

Garman was arraigned at the county's central booking unit Jan. 24, and he was sent to York County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7 at District Judge Joel Toluba's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser. 

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