'Buckle up': York woman driving stolen car charged in 4-vehicle crash

Emergency crews work at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on West Market Street, between Carlisle and Belvidere avenues in York City Thursday, March 29, 2018. David Weissman photo

A York City woman stole a car then caused a four-vehicle crash in York City late last week, officials said.

"Buckle up, because I'm not stopping," Toni Lee Anthony told her passenger after she fled from authorities, according to York City Police.

Anthony stole a Honda Accord, then crashed it in the intersection of West Market Street and North Belvidere Avenue on Thursday, March 29, officials said.

Toni Anthony

Anthony, 37, of the 600 block of North Pershing Avenue, is charged with six counts of recklessly endangering another person, one count each of receiving stolen property, DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, fleeing or attempting to elude officer, theft and summary traffic offenses.

Theft: Police say Anthony took a blue 1998 Honda Accord  about 7:30 a.m. from a home in the 500 block of South George Street. The owner had started the car and came back two minutes later to find it gone, charging documents indicate.

Not long after, an officer spotted the car turning onto East Philadelphia Street from North Tremont Street, police said. Officers followed the car as it turned left on Grant Street from West Philadelphia Street, into Foundry Park, documents state.

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An officer following the car and turned the lights and sirens on in an attempt to pull the car over, but  the driver turned west onto West Market Street, going about 40 mph, according to officials.

The car struck a clothing drop-off bin just before turning, police said.

Crash: The driver, later identified as Anthony, ran a red light at West Market Street and North Penn Street. Anthony then drove west on West Market Street,  went through a red light and struck a blue Dodge caravan that was trying to turn left from South Belvidere onto West Market Street, documents state.

The Dodge spun out and struck a concrete trash barrel on the sidewalk, according to police. That vehicle struck a light green Toyota Prius as a result of the initial crash, documents state.

The Honda Accord also struck a second car, an orange Toyota 86, and a third vehicle, a blue GMC pickup truck, police said.

At the scene police found Anthony and a passenger in the car, documents state. Police say she admitted to stealing the vehicle while it was still running and that she had alcoholic drinks before getting in the car.

Anthony told police that she told her passenger "Buckle up, because I'm not stopping," during the chase, officials said. The passenger told police Anthony picked him up, but he was not aware the vehicle was stolen, charging documents indicate. 

The passenger suffered a broken ankle, a back injury and multiple lacerations to the head and arms, police said. 

Police said after the crash that Anthony and three others were sent to York Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.

Anthony's license also  was suspended at the time of the crash, officials said.

Anthony was arraigned on the charges Thursday afternoon. She was sent to York County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail. She remained there as of Tuesday, April 3. She does not have an attorney listed.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 16 at District Judge Ronald Haskell Jr.'s office.

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