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A Dover Township man who ran from police on three separate occasions is in York County Prison more than a month after his last run-in with officers, according to authorities.

Northern York County Regional Police say Austin Dale Seaks led police on two chases within minutes of each other in April in their territory.

At the time of those alleged chases, Seaks was also wanted on similar charges from Hellam Township, stemming from another pursuit with Hellam Township Police in March, court documents state.

Seaks, who was sent to York County Prison on Saturday, June 9, is charged with three counts of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and multiple summary traffic offenses.

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Northern Regional chases: Officer Matthew Cicale saw Seaks driving a sedan westbound on San Carlos Street, Manchester Township, without lights on at 3:40 a.m. April 29, and he pulled Seaks over when Seaks turned onto Arsenal Road, charging documents state.

Cicale walked to the back driver side door of Seeks' Hyundai Elantra, and Seaks took off on Arsenal Road westbound, officials said.

All of Seaks' lights were off, and he was going 100 mph in a 40 mph zone, according to police. Cicale stopped chasing Seaks in the area of Arsenal Road and North George Street, documents state.

Minutes later, Officer Isaiah Emenheiser found Seaks driving northbound on Carlisle Road in Dover Township, according to police. 

Emenheiser followed him on Carlisle Road until he got to the Dover Township line, charging documents state. With two other officers behind him, Emenheiser turned on his lights and sirens to stop him, and Seaks initially pulled over but quickly accelerated north, officials said.

Seaks passed two other northbound vehicles by crossing into the southbound lanes, and he was going 90 mph as he crossed over the Route 177 intersection, according to court documents. 

At that point, Emenheiser stopped following Seaks, police said.

Police found that Seaks' vehicle was rented by a man who told police he rented the vehicle so Seaks could get back and forth to work at a casino in Maryland, charging documents state.

The man said Seaks was his son's best friend, and that Seaks had been staying at his home, according to police. He tried calling Seaks to get the vehicle back, but the call went to voicemail, charging documents state.

Police say multiple attempts were made to find Seaks, but they were unable to find him.

Hellam Township: Around 5:30 p.m. March 24, Hellam Township Police Officer Barry Mills spotted a silver Toyota traveling east on the Route 30 on ramp at Cool Springs Road with an expired registration tag, according to court documents.

Mills pulled over the vehicle, driven by Seaks, on the right side of the road at Route 30 and Accomac Road, and just like with the Northern Regional Police officer, Mills didn't even get to the driver's side door before Seaks took off on Route 30 westbound, officials said.

Mills began following him with his siren on while on Route 30, and Seaks didn't stop, documents state. Police say he got off on the Hallam exit, got on Kreutz Creek Road, then returned onto Route 30 eastbound.

Mills was chasing Seaks at speeds of 70 mph, and Seaks was passing cars on the right side of the road and off the roadway, charging documents state. 

Mills got to the Mount Zion exit before losing sight of Seaks, officials said. Police say Seaks was driving his father's car without permission when he fled from authorities.

Charges for the Hellam Township incident were filed in late March, and charges for the Northern Regional incident were filed in mid-May.

On Saturday, June 9, he was taken into custody and arraigned on the charges, according to online court records.

It is not clear how he was taken into custody.

A message seeking that information left for a Northern Regional Police incident was not immediately returned Wednesday, June 13.

Seaks remains in York County Prison in lieu of $35,000 bail. Additionally, he is in prison on a probation detainer, according to prison records.

A message left for his attorney seeking comment Wednesday was also not returned.

Seaks' first preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 21 at District Judge Robert Eckenrode's office, for his Hellam Township case.

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

 

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